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According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, at least 3% of the world’s population suffers from excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that can be localized in specific parts of the body, or occur everywhere. Most commonly it affects a person’s palms and
armpits, causing a patient great distress and discomfort.
There are a series of treatment options available to hyperhidrosis patients that can include medication, antiperspirants, Botox injections, and even a technique in which a person’s hands are soaked in a saline solution while receiving electrical currents. The effects of these treatments are not
permanent and can often lead to side effects.
At Porter Adventist Hospital, we offer patients a unique minimally invasive surgical option called Micro Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) to permanently treat hyperhidrosis. The procedure is completed through two very small incisions in the chest cavity. The sympathetic nerve, which is responsible
for the cause of excessive sweating, is divided using electrocautery. From there a patient is sutured up and can often return to their normal activities in less than one week.
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