Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that makes your body sweat excessively. Sweating is important as it is the mechanism by which the body cools. Sweating stops the body from overheating. However, people with hyperhidrosis sweat even when the body does not need cooling.
A person sweats from one or more area of the body. The sweat comes from head, underarms, Palms, and
feet. This happens even as the rest of the body is dry with some areas with a drip of sweat. Excessive sweating interferes with your normal activities. The hand may be too sweaty that it inhibits you from turning the doorknob or using your computer. Sweat from your underarms can soak your clothes and cause sweat marks. When the skin is wet, it is susceptible to skin infections.
Surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis
People with hyperhidrosis face professional and personal limitations resulting in discomfort and embarrassment. Hyperhidrosis sufferers undergo various daily challenges. Thankfully, there are great strides in the medical industry regarding improvements in hyperhidrosis treatment. Medical experts have done several types of research and acknowledge that hyperhidrosis can be treated using the surgical method.
The surgery is one of the treatment options. After considering all other hyperhidrosis treatment options, the surgical treatment is still one of the best options to consider for treating excessive sweating. There are different forms of surgery to consider that treat hyperhidrosis. The most invasive form is ETS or endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. It is the last resort in the treatment of excessive sweating and should only be consider after trying other methods such as botox, treatment with an iontophoresis machine or Miradry.
During ETS surgery, surgeons attempt to interrupt transmission of nerve signals from your spinal column to the sweat glands. It also prevents your nerve glands from switching on the sweat glands. The surgical procedure takes place when the patient is under anesthesia. It involves inserting a miniature camera into the
chest or armpit.
The lung temporarily collapses to enable the surgeons to cut the nerve paths that stimulate the overactive sweat glands. The procedure is permanent and irreversible. When the surgery is complete, the body resumes normal sweating that cools the body and prevents overheating.
Benefits of hyperhidrosis surgery
- The surgery reduces or eliminates sweating in the target areas. It is an effective way of treating excessive sweating. The surgery can be performed on both sides of your body at the same time.
- It has a quicker recovery and less scarring.
- It is highly effective in eliminating excessive sweating by 98 percent.
- Low risks of complications
Drawback of surgery
The procedure is irreversible. Patient experience a small degree of compensatory sweating. This occurs in other parts of the body.
One the best treatment options for hyperhidrosis is surgery. It offers long-term results. The surgery interrupts the sympathetic chain. The nerves affect blood flow to functions of the sweat glands and the skin. Interrupting the sympathetic nerves in your chest causes dilation of your arteries and veins in both the hand and arm. The procedure results in complete blockage of sweating. Other methods in use include herbal remedies. However, herbal remedies have temporary effect with no long-term benefits.