ETS has helped restore Confidence and Self Esteem to many people with Hyperhidrosis


Hyperhidrosis Treatment in MelbourneHyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. This results from excessive sympathetic nervous stimulation of the sweat glands. In virtually all cases, there is no other underlying disorder. The palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and armpits (axillae) are the most affected by hyperhidrosis.

CauseThe exact cause for hyperhidrosis has not yet been identified. It is known that the anxiety experienced by sufferers can result in increased sweating, which in turn can set up a vicious cycle of further sweating and more anxiety.

The onset of this disorder is usually in adolescence and continues into adulthood (in some the onset is later). There seems to be a familial tendency and a genetic link has been attributed to almost 50% of sufferers. Spontaneous resolution of hyperhidrosis rarely occurs.

With the discovery that hyperhidrosis is linked to over-activity of the thoracic sympathetic nerves, surgeons have been able to focus on the relevant nerve cell bodies in the thoracic ganglia to achieve a permanent solution. It is only in the last 15 years with the advent of laparoscopic surgery that a permanent and effective treatment called Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) has been found for hyperhidrosis.

Sweaty Hands or Palmar Hyperhidrosis involves constant or excessive sweating of the palms. Wet or slippery hands are a source of discomfort and embarrassment for the sufferer, both socially and in the work environment which can lead to avoiding simple everyday activities such as shaking hands. It can also interfere with writing and gripping everyday items as well as impeding sporting activities.

Sweaty Feet or Plantar Hyperhidrosis involves constant or excessive sweating of the feet. It may cause some sufferers to change their socks several times a day and avoid removing their shoes in public for fear of foot odour. Suffers even avoid wearing sandals and thongs because their feet become too slippery.

Sweaty Armpits or Axillary Hyperhidrosis involves constant or excessive sweating of the underarms. This can lead some sufferers to shower throughout the day in an effort to avoid body odour and embarrassment. Constant wet patches under the arms often results in social avoidance and the necessity for some sufferers to frequently change their clothing.

Facial Blushing involves uncontrollable heat surges to the face and often upper chest. It may occur when attention is drawn to the sufferer. Facial blushing can happen on a daily basis with no means of control. This can lead to a lack of confidence and social avoidance.

Patients who have undergone ETS it is apparent that this condition is a source of much embarrassment and silent suffering that often leads to social phobia. Many patients have also tried medications, acupuncture, Botox and extensive deodorants with limited success or short term results. It seems that ETS has helped restore Confidence and Self Esteem to many people. 
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Melbourne Vascular Surgeon