Best procedure for my excessive foot sweating?
Excessive foot sweating or plantar hyperhidrosis usually appears together with palmar hyperhidrosis. Solitary foot sweating without excessive hand sweating can also appear but in a very low percentage of cases. We realized that the thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) does not help very much with excessive foot sweating. Since approximately 2004 Lumbar Sympathectomy has proven to be the best current option to treat patients with severe plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive foot sweating). Since 2004 continued refinements and improvements have been added in regards to the technical performance as well as in understanding the levels where lumbar sympathectomy should be done. Also it has been shown that in some cases post thoracic sympathectomy compensatory sweating in the buttocks area can be improved with ELS. The performing surgeon should be able to provide answers to additional questions.
It still behooves patients with foot sweating to first try conservative measures before opting for a surgical solution. For more in depth information please see our foot sweating section.