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How is surgery used to treat hyperhidrosis?

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Thoracic sympathectomy is surgical interruption of the sympathetic nerves responsible for sweating. Sympathectomy is an operation intended to destroy part of the nerve supply to the sweat glands in the skin. The surgeon inserts a special endoscopic instrument into the chest between two ribs just below the armpit. Sympathectomy is both effective and risky. Even with newer endoscopic techniques, the complications can include excessive sweating in other parts of the body and lung and nerve problems. As many of these complications are serious and not reversible, this option is rarely used, and then only as a last resort.

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

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International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 20, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

FDA.

International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 20, 2018

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