Sweaty Palms, is known medically as palmar hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweaty hands. Sweaty palms/hands is the most common form of hyperhidrosis for those suffering from excessive sweating. Excessive hand sweating or sweaty palms is a clinical situation where patients find difficulties in performing normal daily social and or functional activities. Over time this can have a major impact on peoples lives. Dedicating his career to hyperhidrosis, Dr. Reisfeld has helped more patients end their suffering from excessive sweaty hands than any other doctor in the U.S with a 98%+ success rate.
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Excessive sweaty hands can be quite severe affecting a patient's everyday life both functionally and socially. Everyday activities such as using computers, musical instruments, and even driving can become a difficult task due to excessive hand sweating. Simple tasks such as opening a doorknob can be difficult. Personal relationships can also be affected negatively. (See Hyperhidrosis Testimonials) In a smaller sub-group of patients excessive hand sweating is associated with panic attacks which can be attributed to their fear of simple social situations. In about 50% or more of the patients sweaty palms/hands is genetic. Sweaty palms/hands usually begins early in childhood and can get more severe towards the late teenage years and into early adulthood. In some rare cases hyperhidrosis started, after a definite physical injury, either within the chest cavity or in a few cases because of electrocution. Obviously these kind of cases are rare but point to other rare possibilities as a cause of hyperhidrosis.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society divides the severity of Palmar Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Hand Sweating into four subgroups. Group one consists of patients that have mild hand sweating which does not cause any functional or social problems. On the other end of the spectrum are patients with excessive hand sweating at a level of wetness described as dripping affecting them on a daily basis. Patients from the last group rarely have benefit from conservative measures such as Drysol, Drionic, Maxim, Oral Medications, or Botox. Obviously the above classification is an artificial one and even patients without dripping are good candidates for the surgery. The question that should be answered by any patient is the following:
Causes of Sweaty Palms:
Today, sympathectomy is performed endoscopically. One or two small incisions are made on each side of the chest cavity through which a fiber optic camera and other instruments are inserted. The sympathetic chain is then resected, coagulated, or clamped. At present, Dr. Reisfeld only performs the clamping method. Due to the fact that this is the preferred method done Dr. Reisfeld uses two small incisions on each side of the chest cavity. This method has the possibility of reversal. The success rate by all methods for the treatment of sweaty hands is about 98%. To learn more about the procedure in detail click here.
Sweaty Palms (Palmar Hyperhidrosis) Summary:
You may ask what should I do? Those affected should first discuss the matter with their doctor and then first try the conservative hyperhidrosis treatment measures available. If those measures do not give satisfactory relief then consideration should be given to the hyperhidrosis surgical treatment options to hyperhidrosis.
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Sweaty Palms Testimonials:
"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 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.
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