Sweating occurs for many reasons, from physical exertion and toasty temperatures to anxiety. Excessive and uncontrollable perspiration, though, is the hallmark of a condition called hyperhidrosis. This inherited disorder most often causes sweaty palms but can affect various parts of the body such as the feet, face and underarms, often leading to embarrassing social situations and emotional distress.
Medications can often keep this condition in check. But in severe cases, surgery to cut the nerves involved in the overstimulation of the sweat glands may provide a permanent solution.
Surgical Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis
The sympathetic nerves found in the chest play a key role in regulating sweat production. Surgery can help to disrupt the nerves’ ability to communicate with the sweat glands and essentially shut down the process.
NorthShore’s experienced thoracic surgeons routinely take a minimally invasive approach for surgically treating this condition. In most cases, we use video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in a procedure called bilateral sympathectomy.
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