Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is described and defined as sweating above and beyond the physiological needs of the body. A certain amount of sweat is normal and a compulsory part of our ability to regulate our body temperature and to be able to secrete certain chemicals which have no more use in our bodies. This site deals specifically with local / focal hyperhidrosis in which the hands and or feet are sweating excessively beyond normal levels. Total body sweating however is a separate issue that is beyond the framework of this segment. Total body hyperhidrosis is not cured or treated with surgery.
Excessive sweating as felt and experienced by the patient is a subjective matter. To measure this sweating in terms of quantity is a difficult task. It is very easy to talk with a patient who says that their hands are dripping wet and make a determination because his/her symptoms are clearly defined. In cases where the description is not of dripping hands or feet then the subjective and objective determination are then shifted to how much the patient suffers and is affected from that condition. If the excessive sweating bothers the patient in both a significant social and functional way then the consideration should be given to trying conservative measures first. If conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful then a careful evaluation by an experienced surgeon is mandatory to consider surgery.
The surgeries available now (ETS and ELS) have very proven track records of safety and high success rates. That being said the evaluation and discussion with the experienced surgeon is a very crucial step.
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