Sympathectomy - endoscopic thoracic; ETC
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is surgery to treat sweating that is much heavier than normal. This condition is called hyperhidrosis. Usually the surgery is used to treat sweating in the palms or face. The surgery stops or turns off the nerve signals that tell the part of the body to sweat too much.
You will receive general anesthesia before surgery. This will make you asleep and pain-free.
Your surgeon will make 2 or 3 tiny surgical cuts under each arm.
After doing this procedure on one side of your body, your surgeon will do the same thing on the other side. The surgery takes about 1 - 3 hours.
This surgery is usually done in patients whose palms sweat much more heavily than normal. It may also be used to treat extreme sweating of the face. It is only used when other treatments to reduce sweating have not worked.
Boley TM, Belangee KN, Markwell S, Hazelrigg SR. The Effect of Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy on Quality of Life and Symptom Management of Hyperhidrosis. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. March 2007;204(3).
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