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Excessive Sweating: A Sticky Subject

WebMD goes to the experts to find out what may cause this embarrassing yet common condition and what can be done to treat it.

Surgery: Best Solution or Last Resort for Excessive Sweating? continued...

Glaser says the surgery should be considered a treatment of last resort because half or more of sympathectomy patients suffer from compensatory sweating. "Some people wish they'd never had the procedure," she says.

But Whitney Burrows, MD, a surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center who conducts sympathectomies, says that many of his patients are so "euphoric" to have reduced sweating in their feet or underarms they are not disturbed by compensatory sweating in less visible areas. To increase your odds of successful surgery, Burrows suggests seeking out a surgeon with considerable experience in the procedure.

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Reviewed on July 09, 2009

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