The surgical cures for hyperhidrosis are finely-tuned and proven procedures that take advantage of the latest endoscopic techniques. Dr. Reisfeld performs the procedures virtually on a daily basis and is considered a leading world authority in this field. Dr. Reisfeld has performed the ETS and ELS procedures more than any other doctor in the U.S.Hyperhidrosis Surgical Procedures Read Patient Success Stories
What is Hyperhidrosis?Hyperhidrosis is defined as a non physiological and excessive amount of sweat produced by the body. It can be a generalized situation where excessive sweating appears all over the body or focused hyperhidrosis where the excessive sweating is specifically in areas such as the hands, palms, armpits, feet or the face.
Hyperhidrosis Treatments:The wish to control excessive sweating with simple means such as pills, lotions, etc is very old. Doctors have tried to treat excessive sweating with pills, lotions, deodorants, electric devices, acupuncture, bio-feedback. The success rate with these treatment for severe cases of excessive sweating is extremely limited. Surgical treatments were available for the last 50 to 60 years. Obviously the initial surgical approaches were quite invasive and had complications. Since the development of optical surgical equipment, endoscopic surgeries became the yardstick for different procedures. Sympathectomy, thoracic (for hand sweating) as well as lumbar (for foot sweating), can now be done on an outpatient basis. There are minimal small incisions and the patient can return to normal activity in a short amount of time. Dr. Reisfeld has been a world leader in the development of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy and now lumbar sympathectomy. Learn More About:
For severe hand sweating, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is the preferred approach. For excessive armpit sweating as the sole presentation then axillary suction curettage is the recommended method. For those who suffer from excessive foot sweating as the primary presentation or when ETS did not help their sweaty feet then lumbar sympathectomy is offered now as a surgical solution.
Excessive Sweating Surgical Solutions:
Hand Sweating Surgical Solution (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy)
Foot Sweating Surgical Solution (Lumbar Sympathectomy)
Armpit Sweating Surgical Solution (Laser & Axillary Suction Currettage Treatment)
Since the genetic factors are the most important with regards to excessive focal sweating it is the belief of Dr. Reisfeld that one day genetic manipulation will be the ultimate treatment modality. Unfortunately, at present, this is a very distant hope because the knowledge and know how are in their infancy stages.
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For any potential patient who suffers from severe excessive sweating it is extremely important to talk with the surgeon who performs the operation. Any staff members (for example nurses, office managers and or personnel who do not perform the procedure) are not equipped to answer your questions appropriately.
Hyperhidrosis Procedure Success Stories:
"I admire your impeccable professionalism and your utmost skill in the performance of this highly technical and precise surgical procedure. I have waited many years since I was a young girl to properly get rid of this problem. My knowledge as a dermatologist led me to the best procedure and to the best doctor." Ligaya.B, M.D. Read More From Doctor Ligaya
"I am still in awe every single day at the miracle of my dry hands. I have been able to go back to church without the anxiety of having to shake or hold hands during the service. I happily hold the hands of my third graders and shake hands with their parents with confidence." Carolyn.B Read More From Carolyn
"My feet of course no longer sweat. My shoes dont smell, my socks are dry, and most amazingly my underwear is also dry. My underware has always been wet from sweat. I can not be happier with the results. Thank you Dr. Reisfeld for all you do in helping people that suffer like I do." Michael Read More From Michael
"I want to thank you, Dr. Reisfeld for going into this practice to help us "rare" people with this thing called hyperhidrosis. I am so thankful that you decided to make this your calling. It is truly a blessing. I will continue to tell people with this dreaded condition of what you have done for me." Tara Read More From Tara
For the first time in almost 40 years, my hands and feet were not only dry but also warm to the touch, something I had never felt before! Never will I forget awakening from that procedure, touching my dry hands, my dry feet and to my surprise, a very warm and dry face! It was a feeling of elation that not until now have I felt that feeling once more! Read More From Stephen
"I had the ETS surgery for palmar hyperhidrosis in 2003 and wanted to thank you and your staff for all of help. Taking a standardized test in the past was nearly impossible without handing in a sopping wet ScanTron sheet. Since my surgery date, I was able to take the paper and pencil medical school entrance exams. I applied to medical school and now I am a second year medical student in Ohio! This surgery changed my life."
"I would also like to thank all of your staff for such a pleasant experience. They were very friendly and helpful from the first time that I made a phone call to your office up to the time in the recovery room. Everyone made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of."
Read from several touching thank you letters Dr. Reisfeld has received over the years since 1996.
Please consult your doctor before considering any medical treatment. Hyperhidrosis presents many choices and important decisions so please consult your doctor.
The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosis and or treatment, or to be used in place of professional medical advice from your doctor or physician. This web site is intended as an introduction to Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy. When considering this or any surgical procedure, consult with your surgeon for any additional information regarding the surgery, risks, complications, recovery and results.
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