The surgery for treating hyperhidrosis is termed as Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETC). Hyperhidrosis is also known as excessive sweating. In this condition people tend to sweat a lot when there are under medical condition or medications. However, some people sweat severely without any medical reasons. So, to prevent such excessive sweating this type of surgery is recommended by a doctor.
ETS procedure includes the cutting of the sympathetic nerves which controls the sweat glands. The sweat glands are mainly localized in the hands, underarms and on the ribs near the chest. In the procedure the surgeons place the surgical telescopes and cameras inside the body and it help in dividing the nerves by using small incisions.
ETS Surgery Side Effects:
- After the ETS, many people have experience some hyperhidrosis surgery side effects such as, dry scalp, dry face and stimulation of sweat above the nipple line. People often have thermoregulatory disturbances (body temperature changes).
- Another hyperhidrosis surgery side effect is the heart rate decreases from its normal rate. Many people’s heart rate reduces by ten percent after this surgery. Some surgeons recommend that, ETS can affect the athlete’s performance by reducing the heart rate. Remember, the parasympathetic nervous system which is located opposite to the sympathetic nervous system can increase your heart rate. The sympathetic nervous system decreases the heart rate when you are in danger.
- ETS can cause reflex sweating to the patient. This type of reflex or compensatory sweating can occur in the palms and feet. In the past years, percentage of the patient experiencing reflex sweating has increased.
- One of the hyperhidrosis surgery side effects is sweating of feet. For some patient the feet sweating becomes worse than before. The lumbar Sympathectomy is responsible for stimulating sweat on the feet. Sometimes, after the surgery the Sympathectomy stimulates sweat in the feet on large amount so, there are excessive feet sweating in some patient. The lumbar Sympathectomy can also lead to urinary incontinence in women and repeal ejaculation in men.
- Extremely cold hands are another side effect of ETS. This type side effect can occur after one year of the surgery. The medical professionals have stated that the side effect can be experienced among 2% of patient whose sensitivity level for catecholamine is more.
- Some patient basically less than 5 percent experiences the repetition of their original symptoms. This type of the side effect is common for facial blushing. Some patient undergoes re-operation to prevent the repetition of their symptoms.
- The droopy eyelids (Horner’s syndrome) and gustatory sweating are that talked about side effects for ETS by the surgeons. In the gustatory sweating, the patient suffers from excessive sweating from his/her forehead while consuming spicy food. In Horner’s syndrome the patient suffers from sweating in their hands and face which sometimes leads to cosmetic surgery as to normalize their looks.
- The other hyperhidrosis surgery side effects are pneumothorax and intercostals neuralgia and sometimes even death. The patient lungs can collapse after the ETS and they even suffer from pain in the chest.
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