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Hyperhidrosis Success Stories

Author: Rafael Reisfeld MD

Personal stories from others who suffered with excessive sweating. These letters represent a small portion of the thank you letters we get. Read below to see accounts of how Dr. Reisfeld has literally changed people's lives. Click the links to view the entire testimonial.

March, 2014 View Kathi's Letter I have blessed you from a distance a thousand times since my surgery last Fall. I cannot begin to express to you how life-changing the procedure has been for me.
November, 2013 View RLN Testimonial Thank you for speaking with me today and allowing me to express my extreme gratitude for my surgery in 1999
October, 2013 View LC Testimonial You rarely receive such compassion from a doctor. The surgery and my resulting dry feet are a wonderful experience shall never forget and always be thankful for! I am so glad I followed through with the surgery! Everything you told me was just like you said.
August, 2013 View Christine's Testimonial Your help and support with my insurance and pricing battles on top of the phenomenal results I have from my redo ETS surgery have truly been a blessing! To think I waited so long before looking into my options and your center absolutely baffles me!
August, 2013 View Hannah's Testimonial It has now been SIX AMAZING YEARS since our procedure and I am literally not able to thank you enough for what his has done for my life. There have been so many things that I have accomplished that LITERALLY would not have been possible before getting my sweating palms fixed.
June, 2013 View Christine's Testimonial There I was sobbing, crying, thankful and in complete gratitude for all they had done for me not only that day but for the rest of my life.
May, 2013 View Rachel's Testimonial Everyone at the surgical center and at Dr. Reisfeld's office have been absolutely wonderful definitely a testament to Dr. Reisfeld for creating that environment. I'm so glad that I went through this procedure. I can finally wear sandals and not dread the summer.
April, 2013 View Jeanie's Testimonial I had ETS 10 years ago to fix my hands and just recently discovered that with research Dr. Reisfeld has dedicated his life to this horrible condition and there was a cure for my feet that didn't respond to ETS surgery. Dr. Reisfeld is an amazing man. From the very beginning he was there for me.
March, 2013 View Stan's Testimonial Now for the first time ever in my life I look forward to the greeting parts at church and when meeting with friends and family for whatever reason.
November, 2012 View Lauren's Testimonial I now feel much more comfortable in my own skin, and my self confidence is higher than ever.
March 2, 2012 Mother & Daughter thank Dr. Reisfeld I will be forever grateful to you for making this a reality for my daughter. Her smile the first time I saw her shake someone's hand without reservation made me cry!
March 1, 2012 Letters of thanks to Dr. Reisfeld I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the hard work you did on my behalf to make my experience with the surgery comfortable and stress free. The procedure has changed my life forever...
March 2, 2012 View Ashley's Testimonial I thank you from the bottom of my heart and hope that more people like me find you and know that they can make a difference in their battle with hyperhidrosis.
February 14, 2012 View Gabrielle's Testimonial 6 years ago, I made all the way from Israel to LA, USA, and went through Hyperhidrosis Treatment by Dr. Reisfeld.
November 15, 2011 View Michael's Testimonial I was there for the entire month of July and never once wore socks or shoes. Words can not explain the liberating feeling I felt without shoes.
October 18, 2011 View Joelle's Testimonial I am able to wear flip flops in the Texas heat without fear that I might slip out of my shoes and fall.
September 1, 2011 View Lauren's Testimonial I had a pool of sweat in his office from my feet, the first day that I met him. He said don't worry I will take care of it.
May 26, 2011 View Lynda's Testimonial If payment for this surgery were value based, only millionaires could afford it. My life has changed dramatically and for the better. I hold hands willingly now and have begun ballroom dance lessons, a lifelong dream come true. I can't wait to cradle my newborn granddaughter this fall.
May 25, 2011 View Testimonial I am very thankful that someone like Dr Reisfeld has decided to dedicate his professional life to help people with this problem. My only regret is that I did not did this sooner.
March 29,2011 View Michael's Testimonial "I am getting married this July and look forward to wearing sandals all day and going to sleep with no socks on without feeling uncomfortable or self conscious. "
November 15, 2010 View Tara's Testimonial "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."
January 25, 2010 View Melissa's Testimonial We are so blessed to have found a professional such as yourself, who is NOT only extremely knowlegeble in his Field but who has the ability to make his patient (and her Mother) feel important!
November 10, 2009 View Stephen's Testimonial It was almost as if I had just seen you a few days before and you had just performed the thorasic endoscopic sympathectomy that changed my life forever. 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!
July 14, 2009 View Frank's Testimonial I only regret that I should had done this procedure in the summer of 2002 when I immigrated to the US and visited your Web-site a couple of months after that, but some complaints from patients who might have done this procedure with inexperienced surgeons or old procedures such as open surgery or cutting sympathetic nerves from T1 to T6 or damaging the ganglia changed my mind and postponed my new life from 2002 to 2009.
July 9, 2009 View Michelle's Testimonial I touched upon your website many times in the last couple of years as I was becoming more and more fed up with my Hyperhidrosis. While reading the online testimonials of your former patients I was surprised to find my eyes starting to well up with tears. It was like hearing for the first time that I wasn't the only one, and there might be something out there for me.
January 15, 2009 View Chris's Testimonial I want you to know that you and your staff have changed my life. My feet are completely dry and do not sweat a drop.
December 16, 2008 View Florijana Testimonial I am able to wear whatever shoes I want. I can buy a beautiful dress and buy a beautiful pair of shoes, and not the shoes that are "ok" just because my feet will sweat.
August 24, 2008 View Elke's Testimonial My wedding was spectacular. I had the best time of my life. For the very first time, I was able to wear sandals and was enjoying every single minute of it.
February 19, 2008
(7 Years Later)
View Paul's Testimonial I believe the surgery took place sometime in 2001, I am happy to say that everything is going well. I contribute the ETS procedures as a major part of my success.
January 14, 2008
(4 Years Later)
View Sarah's Testimonial I applied to medical school and now I am a second year medical student in Ohio! This surgery changed my life.
December 7, 2007
(ETS and Lumbar Done)
View Kenrda's Testimonial I'm very happy to say that it was the first summer I was able to play with my child without having to worry about wearing and slipping out of my flip-flops.
October 11, 2007
View Kristin and Bob's Testimonial From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the entire staff, and especially the talent, kindness and skill of Dr. Reisfeld. The impact the Center of Hyperhidrosis has had on our daughter has been life-changing.
January 3, 2007
(6 months Later)
View Susana's Testimonial I not only love my dry hands, but I love my dry feet and armpits as well. In the summer I was able to wear sandals and even flip-flops.! I just can't believe how well my body has responded to the procedure.
December 27, 2006 Learn more about K.B. My hands and armpits have been completely dry. My hands are so warm and soft I love it!!... Dr. Reisfeld is a very straightforward and honest doctor. He was very professional and he was available whenever I had a question or concern after my surgery.
October 2, 2006 Learn more about Amy If we had only known how badly hyperhidrosis was for her, we would have had come to you earlier.
April 5, 2006 Read Joe's testimonial Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
You have changed my life- giving me freedom!
December 21, 2005 View Testimonial Ever since I could remember, I’ve lived with sweaty hands and feet.  When I was about five years old, I felt I was the only one in the world with such a condition.  The sweating as I got older, got worse.
December 19, 2005 View Testimonial It has been 3 months since my surgery and I am happy to report that my hands, armpits and feet are completely dry.  Since the surgery I have not had one instance of sweaty hands or armpits, even when I work out excessively. 
September 30, 2005 Jill M. Thank you doesn’t even begin to express how grateful I am to you after having the ETS surgery done in August.  It has changed my life in so many ways.  Now, knowing what it is like to live with sweat-free hands and armpits, I could not imagine going back to the old ways.  I had the surgery done almost two months ago and things are going great.  My hands are 100% sweat-free and my armpits are 90-95% sweat-free. 

July 29, 2005

EU. This thank you is long over-due, but heartfelt. It has been seven months since my ETS procedure and I still am in awe that you were able to eliminate my burdensome hand sweating. Ever since I was 5 years old I can remember dealing with the annoying and intrusive problem of sweaty hands. I managed to succeed in sales despite the problem, but I felt as if I always had to work twice as hard to make a good first impression since a "wet fish" handshake always gave the impression that I was nervous.

June 10, 2005

Amy T. I can’t thank you enough for the new life you have given me since I came in to have the Sympathectomy/Endoscopic procedure completed. It has been almost a month now, and the procedure has definitely been tested since I've been back in Phoenix.

June 9, 2005

Jaclyn L. I had my sympathectomy in August of 2003, so it?s been almost 2 years! I just can?t thank you enough for changing my life. I feel free. I no longer feel self-conscious in work or social situations and I don?t have to choose my clothes and shoes specifically for my ?condition?. I had gotten to a point where I was used to living with it and I did not know any different, but now, knowing a completely normal life, is just such a pleasure.
May 28, 2005 Rowan L. I am now another happy patient writing to you.  I want to thank you whole-heartedly for your expertise and professionalism during the entire process.  I feel ever grateful to have found you and your wonderful staff.  If there was ever one thing I know I did right, it was weighing my options and doing my research well.  And, of course, choosing you to perform my surgery.
Jan. 14, 2005 Jorel A. I called and met with some of your past patients. Absolutely satisfied with their own outcome, they encouraged me to go ahead with it.
Dec. 13, 2004 Michael Your ETS treatment is the most effective and lasting procedure I have tried. It has changed my life and lifestyle.
Nov. 8, 2004 Maria L. For as long as I can remember I have been embarrassed by my sweaty hands. I never imagined there could be a permanent cure for my condition ...
Oct. 20, 2004 Nancy W. I can't stop rubbing my hands together. It's such a great feeling! Thank you and Thank you again! Wish I had done this years ago.
Aug 23, 2004 LM, MD Words cannot express the "burden" that has been lifted from me... I had suffered from hyperhidrosis of the hands for twenty-five years. I hope to one day to become, at least half of, the physician you are today.
July 8, 2004 Eric Thanks to you, my only wish in the entire word, that I thought was not humanly possible, has come true.

June 16, 2004

Kelly Many people were shocked to find that having sweaty hands would push me to surgery...but none of them had a comparable experience...I am so grateful that I don't have to worry about these stressful situations anymore.
May 11, 2004

A.J. The results of my surgery are fantastic. It is so wonderful to not have to worry about shaking someones hand or wonder if I have sweat stains under my
armpits.
Dec 10, 2003
Joanna C.N. Sutton Since my treatment my life has dramatically changed. I no longer sweat from my hands and the sweat from my feet has also decreased tremendously. Your surgery has improved my quality of life dramatically. Your surgery has enabled me wear sandals where as prior to the surgery I was limited to wearing enclosed shoes.
Dec 10, 2003 Tracy McBride



Dr. Reisfeld, the Sunday following the surgery I went to church and as soon as they called everyone to come in the prayer line I was the first to go, but they did not hold hands. The following Sunday I went and guess what - we held hands. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your professionalism in the way that you explained everything to me.
July 3, 2003 Philip Gallant



Kristen was operated on twice by another doctor in New York and neither operation alleviated the problem, and the surgeries were far more difficult to recover from. You were her last hope and you changed her life! I have never been so happy to be able to do something like this for one of my children.
June 25, 2003 Carolyn Boitano



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.
April 29, 2003 Sarah Grosel



I am graduating from college in May and went through the interviewing process with a lot more ease as a result of surgery.
April 27, 2003 Craig Webster



The operation went smoothly and I had little post- operative discomfort. I can't believe I have dry hands after all these years. It was the best money I ever spent.
April 25, 2003 Peggy Perceful



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.
April 25, 2003 Gil Lapastora



This procedure will change your life ? it?s changed mine. I'm in marketing and advertising and am in front of people regularly. Needless to say, I?m more approachable, less timid, and overall confident.
April 6, 2003 Marcia Etheridge



I can now hold a conversation with people I don't know and not look like I'm dying of embarrassment.
April 2, 2003 A. Perlmutter



This is nothing short of a miracle. After 55 years of sweaty palms, I am a new man.
April 1, 2003 Anthony DiFranco



I've been to too many doctors before, so I know how staff and personnel can act, but I just want to say all of your help there was the best I've ever had.
Mar 30, 2003 Ali



I read an article in last week's Wall Street Journal that calls this procedure "controversial"... that may be, but in my own experience it was an unmitigated success and an absolute life-changing experience.
Mar 29, 2003 Maria Keller



When we go to church I don't have to worry about my hand drenched in sweat, when we exchange the peace to one another. Thank you so much and May God bless you.
Mar 10, 2003 Hauwa Ko



Again, I just want to thank God for your service to many people that are suffering with "Hyperhidrosis".
Mar 1st, 2003 Michelle Spreuer



I would also like to Thank Dr. Reisfeld he is the absolute kindest doctor I have ever met; he really seems to care about his patients.
Feb 17, 2003 James Griffin



As trivial as it may seem to some, it was exciting for me to be able to hold my girlfriends hand for the first time, free of anxiety that she would feel uncomfortable with the palmar ocean of sweat that would inevitably result.
Jan 7, 2003 Brittany Carrier



I was amazed at how you continually called after surgery to see how I was doing. It is obvious that you care about the well being of your patients.
Dec 12, 2002 L E



Public Relations

How amazing it is to type this letter without leaving puddles on my computer keyboard. I suffered from hyperhidrosis since birth, and found myself constantly apologizing for my sweaty hands.
Nov 3, 2002 J L It has been a long time since last contacting you. I had the T2 ETS for my facial/cranial hyperhydrosis back in July of 1997. I have moved on with my life and am now to the point that hyperhydrosis is something in my past...
Oct 7, 2002 Steven Palumbo



Atty. at Law

You gave me a frank, honest assessment, of the risks and rewards, not once but twice. You supplied me with an excellent, authoritative, medical journal article on this procedure. You personally explained the procedure to me, with full color graphics.
Sept 3, 2002 Brooke Gillen

10 yrs old

I can play piano without making a puddle on the keys, and I can do papers at school without making them wet. I can't thank you and everyone else that helped me enough!!!
July 11, 2002 Ligaya H. Buchbinder, M.D.

M.D Dermatologist

My knowledge as a dermatologist led me to the best procedure and to the best doctor.
July, 2002 Christy Weber

Photos Included

Prior to having the surgery, the splotchy redness used to go all the way up to my cheeks, where as now it usually stays below the collarbone, if it comes at all.
June 20, 2002 Frank Volinsky Now when I meet people I don't have to worry about my hands being sweaty, or if I am going on a date I now have the confidence to hold her hand and not have to worry about my hands dripping with sweat.
June 6, 2002 Murdo Mackenzie

Family of 5 Doctors

You may recall I was the patient who had 5 doctors in the family who were all very apprehensive about the procedure, especially my father...
May 21, 2002 Andrea I have started taking dance classes, something I probably would have avoided before the surgery. I would highly recommend you and your clinic to anyone suffering with sweaty hands. I only wish I would have known about it sooner in life.
Feb 25, 2002 Shayne Wilson I genuinely feel that I have finally broken free of my physical and psychological confinements caused by hyperhidrosis and it is exhilarating to breathe the fresh new air of freedom!
Oct 31, 2001 Mary DeShon I want to again express how delightful it has been to not have sweaty palms! It has been 2 months since you did the surgery on me and my 16 year old son.
Oct 26, 2001 Lena Furmark Each time I shake someone's hand I will remember all of you. Thank you
Oct 22, 2001 Renee' L. Bissonnette

Registered Nurse
I wanted to also convey to you how impressed I was with your staff. Being a medical professional myself, I know how crucial this can be to a patient's experience. From anesthesiology to recovery, all of your staff members were wonderful. You ought to be quite proud of them all! They too all deserve a thank you.
Oct 18, 2001 Teresa Wymetalek Thank you so much for changing my life! If someone would have told me six months ago that my hands would be sweat free today, I wouldn't have believed them. Its like a dream come true.
Oct 08, 2001 Connie Sorrentino The surgery went well and my recovery was rapid, despite my being on the older end of the spectrum - 58 years old. I was favorably impressed that you called me twice the day of the surgery to see how I was doing, and you also called me each succeeding day until I departed for home.
June 05, 2001 Nancy Brown I have been on several job interviews, and have jumped at the chance to shake hands with the interviewers, which in the past has always been such an embarrassment for me. I believe my life would have been so different if I hadn't been born with HH. But none of that matters now, because I can now do all the things I have put off in the past without thinking about my hands!
June 02, 2001 Ross H. Grossman I had the clipping procedure. I went into surgery with wet hands and out with dry! There was a little pain as was suggested and a little moisture a few days later. That was it! Before the surgery I came out of the closet sort of speak and let all of my friends and family know what I was doing. The after-effects have been tremendous!
May 15, 2001 Brent Drummond I also want to tell you that I have had some neat opportunities to spread the word about Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy as a result or appearing on "Inside Edition" and doing the story on my experience with Hyperhidrosis. People from around the world, literally, saw that episode and have called me to talk with me and have their questions answered about the procedure in the same way I did with others before going through with the surgery.
May 13, 2001 Suzanne Kulaga I went through many treatments to try to cure my sweating problem. I tried a liquid that I can't remember the name, then Drionic, which was a machine that sent small electric volts into my hands.
May 3, 2001 Mark Egge I cannot express how grateful I am to this doctor and his staff. Dr.Reisfeld indeed performs miracles. I have a new life. Thanks again!
April 22, 2001 Maria Mathews I would like to thank you again for curing my hpyerhidrosis. I can now type on the computer, play the viola, and to many more things without leaving whatever I touched covered with sweat!
April 10, 2001 Elizabeth N It's like a dream come true. After 18 years of my life with this hyperhidrosis I can finally be at ease.
Mar 24, 2001 Peter Eichberg I have had to many surgeries over the past 30 years, some from the finest surgeons in Los Angeles. None ever took the time to assure me or follow up as you did with my son.
Jan 9, 2001 Andrea McCabe In my opinion it?s all about getting the right person, and I believe God leaded me to you Dr. Reisfeld, as you showed to be not only an excellent professional but also someone who takes personal care on his patients after the surgery.
Nov 19, 2000 Kevin I have done three presentations, gone to parties, led meetings, met old friends and not sweat on my face. It is such a great feeling and relief. The only individuals to truly understand would be those people who experience hyperhidrosis.
Nov 19, 2000 Ronald C. Talbot

PH.D. Labratory Director County Health Dept
As a medical scientist I would like to report to you my observations during this year and express my gratitude to you for performing a successful surgery that has changed 50 years of embarrassment and inconvenience due to sweaty hands. I only wish that this surgery had been available forty years ago.
Nov 23, 1998 Daniel L. Kessler Socks are still required when I wear shoes, but if I wear socks my feet will not sweat at all and therefore my socks no longer are sopping wet at all times. My feet no longer get cold either.
Dec 8, 1998 Anne M. Bastian Not only did Dr, Reisfeld rid me of my uncomfortable symptoms, but, he gave me something I never had before, Confidence!!
January 5, 1998 Elly Steese I was surprised at how fast the surgery was completed, and also at how easy the recovery was. In fact, this surgery was just about the best Christmas present I could have received, and it made my holiday season that much better.
March 6, 1998 Link As I few to Los Angeles I kept telling myself that I wouldn't go through with this operation if I was not comfortable with the entire situation. Dr. Reisfeld and his team are truly exceptional and I hope that I might bring some light to others who may be feeling like I did.
1998 Marie Leszczyna Please note that I initially planned to go to Sweden for ETS surgery, I chose Dr. Reisfeld for the following reasons...
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