Hyperhidrosis is a physical problem that can affect the self-esteem of the sufferer. How to combat it?, what is the surgery?
The sweat, a natural process of our body to regulate body temperature, can in some cases become a problem when the sweating is excessive. It is what is known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, which occurs spontaneously. Not only it is a physical problem, but emotional also, as the person who has it may lose self-esteem, security and self-confidence.
And it is that in situations of stress or tension worsens the sweating, located mainly in the hands, underarms, face and feet, due to the higher concentration of sweat glands in these body areas. People suffering from hyperhidrosis usually adopt some habits to try to appease the signs, such as avoiding physical contact of greeting or shaking hands, changed clothes 3 to 4 times a day, limiting the movement of arms or posturing to hide underarm sweat.
Surgery against hyperhidrosis
According to medical data, it is estimated that around 1% of the population sweats excessively without an obvious reason. To combat excessive sweating, today and thanks to medical advances, you can use local treatments, from aluminum solution to the infiltration of botulinum toxin (for sweating of the hands and soles of the feet), or either by minimally invasive surgery and is known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.
What does it consist of? Basically interrupt the sympathetic chain through two small incisions under the armpit. A simple operation of short duration, but requires general anesthesia. The patient usually spend a night in the hospital, and for the next 7 days, to mitigate the inconvenience, follow analgesic treatment.
This surgery is usually performed in patients whose excessive sweating is focused through the hands and for extreme sweating of the face. It is a measure to be used when other treatments to reduce transpiration have not yielded the expected results.