Hyperhidrosis Surgery

Dr. Reisfeld is one of the world’s top hyperhidrosis surgeons. This page describes the most effective types of surgery, depending on the location and severity of a patient’s hyperhidrosis. Dr. Reisfeld is the only surgeon in the world who is an expert at all three major procedures listed below. This gives him unparalleled expertise in performing these surgeries:

  1. For those who suffer primarily from severe and excessive hand sweating (palmar hyperhidrosis), endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is most appropriate. Learn more about Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)
  2. For those who suffer from severe excessive foot sweating (plantar hyperhidrosis) as their primary or only area of excessive sweating, or for those patients who did not see any results from endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy is appropriate. Learn more about Endoscopic Lumbar Sympathectomy (ELS)
  3. For patients suffering from excessive armpit sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis), the current method is axillary suction currettage.
    • Patients who suffer from excessive hand sweating as well as armpit sweating can benefit from a slightly modified ETS approach.

    Learn more about Surgical Treatment of Axillary Hyperhidrosis

  4. Even though ETS and ELS are very effective in treating hyperhidrosis in specific areas, these surgeries cannot be performed at the same time. At least 6 months should be allowed between each surgery. This time allows the body to adjust to physiological changes. It is up to the doctor and patient to determine which surgery is most appropriate for the patient.

Advantages of ETS Surgery For Hand Sweating

  • ETS is the only procedure available that provides a proven surgical solution to excessive hand sweating (palmar hyperhidrosis).
  • The procedure is proven to be safe and effective.
  • This procedure has a 98-99% success rate.
  • Dr. Reisfeld is highly experienced, performing the procedure on an almost a daily basis.
  • Patients are able to go home the same day.
  • Patients are able to return to their normal daily routine within a short time.
  • For more information on ETS click here

Details of The Surgery (ETS – Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy):

  • The procedure itself is done on an outpatient basis. The patient returns home or to their hotel the same morning.
  • The operation is done under general anesthesia. Two very small incisions are made.
  • Air is inserted through the incision into the chest cavity. The reason for the air is to push the lungs away from the operation site. At no time does the lung collapse because we use single lumen intubation to prevent this from happening. This means that air is exchanged through both lungs throughout the entire procedure. Different ETS surgeons use different techniques. Some surgeons use double lumen endotracheal tubes, which in turn, can lead to a collapsed lung. Even with a collapsed lung, however, the lung will go back to its normal position once it is inflated again.
    • Endoscopic equipment (a fiber optic camera and a working instrument) is then inserted. Two high-resolution monitors are placed on either side of the patient, so the doctor has a perfect view of the custom-made instruments he is using.
    • The sympathetic chain is located along the rib’s head.
    • The endoscopic instruments are used to clamp the T3 to T4 segment of the sympathetic nerve node responsible for the cause of excessive sweating. Four titanium clips are placed on each side of the nerve chain. In cases of severe armpit sweating, clips are applied on the T5 level. The total amount of clips can range from 4 to 6. The theoretical basis for this idea is the fact that most of the sympathetic innervation to the head area originates at a T2 level. Leaving this segment intact renders more body surface (upper body) with sympathetic innervation, which results in less compensatory sweating. In 2006 Dr. Reisfeld completed an important clinical study on patients showed that the number of patients with severe compensatory sweating was reduced when the procedure was done at the T3-T4 level compared to the T2-T3 level. At the present time, for patients with the typical symptoms of sweaty hands, sweaty feet, and armpit sweating, Dr. Reisfeld performed the sympathectomy on the segment between the 3rd and the 5th rib. More clinical studies and research will need to be done to prove this further, but Dr. Reisfeld is very pleased with the findings so far.
    • Once the surgery is completed, the air is taken out and the lung returns to its normal position. The instruments are carefully removed.
    • The incision is then sutured internally with absorbent sutures. This eliminates the necessity for suture removal.
    • The process is then repeated on the other side of the chest.
    • At the present time, clamping is the procedure of choice, and the one recommended by Dr. Reisfeld. The primary reason for using this clamping procedure, is that it leaves the possibility for easy reversal if needed. If a patient is unhappy with the results of the procedure, a reversal may be done by performing a nerve graft operation. This procedure is much more involved, and time consuming when compared to clamp removal. In the clamping method, reversal is much easier because it simply requires removal of the clips, and by doing so gives the nerve segment the ability to regenerate. It has been shown that some patients who had the clamps removed showed less compensatory sweating (compensatory hydrosis or reflex sweating), or a total recovery from their previous symptoms.
    • Patients who have an similar problem with sweating in the hands and armpit area will benefit from the endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy on levels T3, T4, and T5. In other words, for those patients who describe their excessive hand sweating as equal to their excessive armpit sweating, adding sympathectomy at the T5 level will give them a higher chance of minimizing or eliminating their armpit problem as well. On the other hand, if patients only have excessive armpit sweating, Dr. Reisfeld’s current opinion is that a sympathectomy should not be done for isolated armpit sweating.
    • What happens to the rest of the sympathetic chain?
      There is tremendous overlap in function within the sympathetic chain, so there are no known long-term side effects. As the name implies, this is a chain of ganglia and not just one nerve.
    • Do you collapse the lungs during surgery?
      No, Dr. Reisfeld uses the single lumen intubation method. This allows air to go in and out of the lungs at all times. Surgeons that are using the double lumen technique collapse the lung on the side they where they are operating.
    • Dr. Reisfeld has performed dozens of clamp removal procedures. The results vary but about 50% of those cases showed improvements in their clinical condition. This translated into a reduction of compensatory sweating, better exercise tolerance, re-appearance of sweat in the hands and upper body, etc. Obviously more time is needed to come to any definite conclusions, but even in these scenarios, the results are promising
    • Most patients are able to walk out of the medical center within 2 hours after surgery. Regular physical activity and returning to work are both possible in one week or less. Scarring is minimal (About 10mm or 1cm), as the incisions are small and well hidden in the folds of skin.
    • Dr. Reisfeld personally checks up with each of his patients post surgery to ensure they are perfectly taken care of, and to answer any and all of their questions. Dr. Reisfeld takes pride in his excellent patient care. This is very evident in any of the patient testimonials he has received. To read what patients, from all walks of life, have to say about Dr. Reisfeld click here.
    • To learn more about how this life changing procedure could possibly help you, please contact us. Do you have a question that is not answered here? Just ask and we will answer. To ask your question click here.

Lumbar Sympathectomy – For Excessive Foot Sweating:

This particular procedure was added to the variety of surgical treatments for focal hyperhidrosis in 2006. Pioneering work was done in Brazil, Austria, and France. This work showed that a lumbar sympathectomy could be done efficiently, safely, and successfully for those patients with excessive plantar hyperhidrosis (foot sweating).

Lumbar Diagram

Lumbarectomy: Anatomical drawing showing where the incisions are made.

In this procedure, the doctor creates an incision to access the sympathetic chain that runs along the lumbar vertebrae. The operation is done under general anesthesia and takes about 1 to 2 hours. Patients typically go home the same day. However, in rare instances, some patients stay at the hospital for one night and then go home the next day.

If the operation starts early in the morning, the resulting pain and discomfort can be brought down to a minimum, enabling the patient to leave the medical facility 2-3 hours later. Typically patients can return to normal activities, such as work, within a few days.

In rare cases, the patient’s anatomy may be more difficult, so the operation may take a little longer. It should be re-emphasized again that because this is a more involved operation, that some patients may need a slightly longer stay at the medical facility. Dr. Reisfeld is always cautious to ensure the patients safety and well-being, so travel plans may be adjusted accordingly.

With the experience accumulated since about 2007, it became obvious that athletes with very developed lumbar area muscles were a special case. The sympathetic chain might be located between or underneath the muscle in these instances. This discovery was crucial, but it also meant that the procedure would need to be altered for athletes.

The operation is done endoscopically. In this approach there are three small cuts made on the side of the abdomen (flank region). The largest cut is about 15mm or 1.5cm, and the other two on each side are about 5-7mm. Through these cuts, endoscopic equipment is inserted. A space behind the abdomen is developed, and then the sympathetic chain running along the lumbar vertebrae is located.

The sympathetic chain is then clamped below the second lumbar vertebra. It is important to be at that level, to reduce the possibility of side effects. The exact location is confirmed with the help of X-Rays during the operation. In extremely rare cases, there may be a necessity to convert the operation from an endoscopic approach, to an open approach. The only difference here, is that one of the incisions is slightly longer. The amount of pain and the time spent at the hospital are the same.

The reasons that sometimes necessitate conversion to an open approach are: obesity, anatomical variations, and safety. The operation has about a 97-98% success rate, and it can help those patients where plantar hyperhidrosis is a major problem.

Make sure before any decisions are made to discuss the particulars of this operations with an experienced hyperhidrosis surgeon. To ask questions and learn more about how this life changing procedure could possibly help you, please contact us.

Treatments for Excessive Armpit Sweating:

    • In isolated cases, excessive armpit sweating can cause substantial discomfort, embarrassment, and social anxiety. There are a lot of treatment options, such as aluminum chloride lotions or antiperspirants. There are many varieties on the market as well (over the counter or prescribed).
    • BOTOX® Cosmetic also exists as a potential treatment to control armpit sweating, but it is costly and temporary.
    • Multiple surgical approaches have been used, from excision of the skin in the armpit area, to less invasive procedures where the inner layer of the armpit area skin is curated. Varying degrees of success have been noted.
    • Laser ablation or energy applied to the armpit through ultra sound ablation were used with somewhat inconsistent results. The opinion held by Dr. Reisfeld, is that the axillary suction curretage option has better long term results, but even in the doctor’s capable hands, results can vary. The procedure is short and results in a minimal amount of pain. Some swelling and discomfort are to be anticipated but those are temporary.
    • To learn more about how this life changing procedure could possibly help you, please contact us. It is important to note that patients should always try conservative methods and consult with their doctors before embarking on a surgical approach.

Groin Sweating:

For those patients who suffer primarily from groin sweating, visit our groin sweating page to learn about the options available.


Can I do the operation if I have scoliosis?
Yes, but we would need to know the degree of scoliosis. In experienced hands, this anatomical variation can be handled. Experience on the doctor’s part is needed to locate the nerve, which could slightly be off the regular course as a result of the condition.

Hyperhidrosis Questions:

For questions please fill out the form on our contact us page so we can better understand your condition in order to better answer your questions.

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 suction curettage. When considering this or any surgical procedure, consult with your surgeon for any additional information regarding the surgery, risks, complications, recovery, and results.


  1. john  August 21, 2018

    Hello my name is John I’m 33 in Los Angeles and I have a huge issue with sweating. Even though I sweat throughout my whole body I don’t have severe concentration in my hands and feet. Most of my sweating happens on my back, face, butt, groin, head, armpits and everywhere besides your popular 2 locations. I’m just about out of options, can you help?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 21, 2018

      Hi John. With regard to your clinical presentation you have total body sweating. Your case is the one that we treat when the sweating is more a focal one which is in the hands, feet and arm pits. When it is more in those sites and when conservative methods failed than the consideration of performing ETS could be done. In your situation only local treatments should be applied.Thanks

  2. Wafeek  August 5, 2018

    Hi, I had T3 cut almost 3 weeks ago mainly to cure sweaty palms, my palms are nearly dry now and i noticed improvement in my feet. In regard to compensatory sweating it has happened on my lower back region & abdomen, it’s mild and not happening all the times, unless it’s very hot and it’s not a bothersome. However the effect of the surgery is not symmetrical, as the right side sweat a bit more than the left one, including hand, armpit and forehead. The armpit is the main problem as it sweats profusely as before the surgery while the left armpit is nearly dry. The question is, do i need a redo surgery at the same level for the right side? Did my doctor miss an accessory nerve or something? Or i just need to do a redo surgery to cut at T4 to get a symmetrical effect? Many thanks.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 5, 2018

      Hi Wafeek. Thanks for your question. Not knowing the exact details of the ETS and where it was done makes it difficult to give you the right answer. Since the operation was done with the cutting method it will be difficult to ascertain the level of the sympathectomy. If you live in the US you can call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks.

  3. Debra D Benson  July 1, 2018

    I am 53 female. I sweat extremely bad from top of my head to my chest, yes it is embarrassing when I do anything in public, simple a sweeping the floor. Don’t know if it has anything to do with this disorder, doesn’t hurt to ask.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 1, 2018

      Hi Debra. You are suffering like many other women at your age range from some hormonal imbalance that comes with the age. It is not a typical case of hyperhidrosis that affects the hands and the feet for which we offer a surgical treatment. You should discuss those issues with your internist or your gynecologist. Thanks

  4. Kris Ingersoll  June 26, 2018

    I have a slightly different question. My son is 28 and he is a type 1 diabetic. For the last five to six years whenever he eats he breaks into a sweat from the top of his head to his feet. He has to have a towel by him for every meal. He won’t even go out to eat anymore in public. It’s not just a little bit of sweat. It looks like he’s just gotten out of the shower. What would cause this? It is not just hot foods. Even ice cream does this. This is bizarre.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 27, 2018

      Hi Kris. Indeed the case you are describing is not a typical case of excessive hands and feet sweating which is called hyperhidrosis. I believe that the situation with you son is connected to the diabetes that he has. There is some correlation between the eating process and the sweating which we describe it as gustatory sweating. What is not usual in his case that is affecting all of his body and not only the head area. There is no surgical option in this case.

  5. Taylor  May 21, 2018

    Hi, I am suffering on a daily basis of hands, feet and armpits. It ruins social situations, schoolwork and my self esteem. I need this surgery more than anything so and I have read almost everything on this website but I need to know; how old do you need to be for this surgery, and what insurances does it cover?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 21, 2018

      Hi Taylor. It looks like you suffer from severe case of palmar hyperhidrosis. If you live in the US try to call us at 310 557 3037. You did not provide us with your age so if you are a minor please call us with a parent so we can discuss your case of excessive hands and feet sweating. Thanks

  6. Brooke perryman  November 15, 2017

    How old do you have to be to get the surgery? how much will it cost? I hand it in my hands AND feet. I really want it done because its hard doing school work because my paper just gets soggy and wet

  7. van jordan  November 11, 2017

    This International Hyperhydrosis Society came up on google. THey advise against the lumbar surgery for excessive foot sweating saying that it causes too much compensatory foot sweating. One person said now they sweat all over their body…profusely. Is all this true?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 12, 2017

      Hi Van. The international hyperhidrosis society is a medical organization made by dermatologist.They do not perform ETS or ELS so they do not see those patients.Compensatory sweating is the main side effect of those surgeries but the majority of the patients tolerate it after seeing their dry feet or hands
      Unfortunately they did not come up so far with a good solution to the severe cases of hyperhidrosis.
      I agree with them that a careful selection of patients should be carried out before going to the surgery and only after conservatives methods have been tried.

  8. Chris  November 7, 2017

    I’m a 54 year old male. I sweat profusely from the sides of my head and back. It is controlling my life in many ways. I can’t do many things I need to do on a daily basis. Please help me find help near 34957

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 7, 2017

      Hi Chris. The type of excessive sweating that you are describing is not the typical hyperhidrosis that can be helped with the ETS. You have what we call cranio-facial hyperhidrosis that can be treated with some medications. Also the general state of your health should be checked by your internist.

  9. tony  October 21, 2017

    My sneakers feel like I jumped in the pool with them on that’s how much sweat comes off my feet what can i do for this problem?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 26, 2017

      sweaty feet or plantar hyperhidrosis is one of the body sites affected by focal hyperhidrosis.(hands,feet or axila) . In order to make sense about your situation and the clinical presentation of your specific case you can call the office so a detailed discussion can be conducted between you and the surgeon. Thanks

  10. Marja  August 30, 2017

    Hi, does the surgery lose efficacy over time? I had the surgery performed in 2003. My palmer hyperhidrosis significantly decreased to nearly nothing. However, I am starting to notice a decrease in compensatory sweating and an increase in my palmar hyperhidrosis.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  September 1, 2017

      Recurrence after ETS or ELS can range at about 1-1/2 % over the life time.

  11. Sad me  August 29, 2017

    Since very young, I have sweating issue all over my body from head, facial, hand, armpits, & feet dripping badly. Done various treatment like ionto, pills and roll on application. Always had bad migraine after treatment. As of now, most bother me is my feet as it’s stink! If I am in the room/office/car, within half & hour, the place is stink! Having Low self esteem. Every new shoe I bought, stink after wearing the 1st or 2nd time. I live in Asia, the doctor here told me there is no one in the world who could do feet surgery. I am extremely disappointment untill I saw your website. I would appreciate if you could email me to share with me more about the treatment and cost.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 29, 2017

      From the e mail you sent it seems that you have an extreme case of hyperhidrosis. Your story is not a straight forward case of focal hyperhidrosis (hands, feet and underarms). In order to be able to shed more light into your condition and the different surgical options it will be best if you can call us at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  12. Chris  August 30, 2016

    I am a 25 year old male with excessive sweating on hands, feet, uderarms, and the butt, is there any resolution?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 30, 2016

      If you are suffering from excessive sweating in the locations you mentioned you suffer from hyperhidrosis. The first step should be be to try some conservative methods with lotions and pills. The success rate is low but you should try. The surgical approach should be tried after failing with the conservative methods. Make sure to consult with a surgeon who is familiar with the topic. thanks.

      • mikel  January 14, 2017

        hello..are there any alertanive solutions to cure the excessive sweating?? without doing any operations??

        • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 14, 2017

          Hi Mikel. Obviously there are conservative measures that a person who suffers from Hyperhidrosis should try before any decisions are made towards an operative solutions. You can find a full and detailed discussion about them on the web site sweaty-palms.com There is a section that discusses alternative methods. Hopefully it will give the necessary information. Thanks

  13. Kiara  July 27, 2016

    I am almost 23 years old and I have had excessive sweating of my hands and feet since I was little. It has always been bothersome to me and I have had many awkward and embarrassing situations, as well as prevent me from doing certain activities sometimes. I have gotten blisters while wearing heels because of the constant rubbing of my feet as well. I am taking some form of Rubinol which works pretty well sometimes, but sometimes it does not or takes a very long time to work depending on when I take it. It was prescribed by a dermatologist around 2 to 2 1/2 years ago and I don’t like the idea of being tired to this medicine. Unfortunately is dries out my mouth and eyes often as well which is pretty uncomfortable and I know can bring other problems. Is this a type of procedure that is covered by insurance?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 27, 2016

      From your description you suffer from severe case of Hyperhidrosis. In order to evaluate your case better the best way will be to call the office at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  14. Ulan  February 9, 2016

    Good day .
    I am a 30 year old male living in South Africa, and I had the ETS operation when I was around 12 years old. My hands stopped sweating successfully after the operation. My feet are still sweating excessively . The feet “sweating”,over the years, I learned to cope with it and adapt how I dress to avoid the effects of it. I will definitely would like to go for the ELS. I do however sweat Abnormally on my back and chest now, not so heavily my armpits. The problem is with the chest and back sweat ,You cannot always hide it and it is triggered very fast. Is there a procedure to help this as well?. Is it possible that this is like a side effect or “compensation” for the previous operation I had?. I would also love if you had any details on doctors in S.A that could help. My local GP is not sure who the surgeons are that could perform this around here. Regards

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 9, 2016

      If your feet sweating is severe enough than ELS is the best solution. It will not help with the compensatory sweating which is the result of the ETS. You can arrange for mutually good time to call me here in the US so I can discuss the issue in more details. Thanks

  15. Sierra  January 14, 2016

    Hello, I’m a 24 year old female who suffers from extreme hand sweating and feet sweating. I’m currently 7 months pregnant and due late February. After the baby, how long should I wait to inquire your office about surgery options? I’d like to get this done asap but want to make sure it’s the right time and my body is ready for a procedure. Also, many years ago I looked into getting surgery to correct my sweaty palm problem and the doctor told me that there was a 70% possible chance the sweating would start to occur on my head, butt, thighs, stomach, etc. So I chose not to move forward with the surgery. Is this a true possibility regarding your type of procedure ? Thank you.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 14, 2016

      Hi Sierra. I guess you have a lot of questions that need to be answered about your excessive sweating. The best way is to call me at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  16. Joanna  October 12, 2015

    Hi, I am 23 and suffer from excessive sweating in hands and feet. My job requires me to interact with people on a daily basis and I have to wear heels. Shaking hands and wearing heels is a big issue when my hands and feet are sweating profusely. Any suggestions?? I live in Orange County btw.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 12, 2015

      Since you live in California pls call our office at 310-557-3037. Thanks

    • Beatriz  May 5, 2016

      Hi there, I am also the same age and live in Orange County. And have the same problem. Would you like to meet up?? Maybe we can share experiences and see if surgery is a good idea My Email is beasofia7@gmail.com

      • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 5, 2016

        If you suffer from excessive hands and feet sweating you can call the office at 310-557-3037 to set up an appointment. Thanks

  17. Anna  October 1, 2015

    Hi! Im 13 yrs old I suffer from Hyperhidrosis since my childhood my palms and my feet sweats a lot and it’s hard for me to shake peoples hand and it’s also complicated for me to tell my friends about this situation. I feel embarrassed to myself because of my sweating, sometimes I’m not playing with my friends if they’re playing like let’s say holding hands play stuff. On my feet if it sweats a lot it makes odor/stinky!. At school even tho I am not running my palms just sweats right away and every time I write something I just find out that my paper is wet! I feel like I’m the only girl/student at school that has this situation… Also I never wear my flat sandals because of my feet sweating. I’m actually having a rough time when am I going to share or tell about my situation cuz maybe they’ll stay away from me and u don’t want that to happen…. I also wonder what feels like if I’m on a surgery, would it be hurt will I feel something hurts? Where/ What part of the body they’ll start the surgery (ex. Belly?)?

    I hope this message could help me, Thank you!!!

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 2, 2015

      The best way to get answers to your questions is to call our office at 310 557 3037. Since you are a minor please make sure you call us with your parents present. Thanks

    • Brooke perryman  November 15, 2017

      I feel the same way i am 14 rn and i feel like im the only one in the school that has it and i hate telling people because theyll just say ewwww

      • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 17, 2017

        Hi Brooke. If you suffer from excessive hands and feet sweating (hyperhidrosis) and it can come to a dripping levels than it can be done at your age. Obviously you have to have a discussion with the surgeon who you are going to consult with.
        Also because of your age your parents should be available at the time of the initial consult(on the phone or in person)

  18. Tuval  July 21, 2015

    Hi, at what age can you get the surgery? I’m 13 and have had excessive sweating of my palms, feet, and armpits all of my life although much less on my armpits. Am I old enough to have this surgery?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 21, 2015

      I am doing ETS to patients as young as 13 and obviously it has to be discussed with the parents as well. You can call at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  19. James  July 8, 2015

    I don’t suffer from excessive sweating of the hands and feet, but my torso sweats a whole lot; my chest, back, and underarms, as well as my head area. Are there any treatments, medications, or surgery options for these areas?

  20. kenn  July 7, 2015

    i’ve been dealing with this “gift” since i was 9 or 10. i am an architect so my hands are my tools that have held me back for decades.

    my question;
    can all hands, feet and under arm operations be done together? or have to be scheduled separately ?
    i live in the Washington DC area, do you have any other centers i can contact?

    thank you

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 7, 2015

      With regard to your comment the Thoracic Sympathectomy will deal with the excessive hand and axillary sweating. The success rate for the hands is about 98%-99%. The arm pit sweating will be reduced at about 85%. The excessive feet sweating has about 30% success rate. If no help can be obtained for the feet with the thoracic sympathectomy than the Lumbar sympathectomy can eliminate the feet sweating at the rate of 98%. In order to learm more about it please call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  21. Allie  June 21, 2015

    My hands and feet sweat so bad, it’s so bad that if I don’t wipe them every five seconds when there sweating they will drip. I’ve tried lotions and electric water shock things and nothing worked. I just found this website and I’m super excited about these procedures you do! I’m just wondering what areas people usually get compensensatory sweating ?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 21, 2015

      From reading the description of your condition it seems that you are suffering from an extreme case of palmar hyperhidrosis. I guess that the best way to discuss your case is to call the office and discuss your case with Dr. Reisfeld. 310-557-3037 thanks.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 9, 2015

      Thanks for the comment. Medicine and surgery are getting better all the time. 40 years ago the knowledge and the ability to offer treatments for excessive hands and feet sweating were limited but today we have different methods to deal with the problem. Thanks again for the comment.

  22. Mike  June 11, 2015

    Hello everyone. I had the ETS surgery in 06/06. I suffered my childhood with hand sweating. And when I was scheduled for surgery, it was like a new beginning. I couldn’t wait to get it done, I said finally my day has come. But as of 2015 I have noticed that my hands are starting to sweat. I don’t know what the reason to start sweating again. My hands should be dry. The Dr. told me that it would be 98% success rate. Now what is my option?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 11, 2015

      The best way to discuss this issue is to call the office at 310-557-3037 Thanks

  23. SARAH B  May 19, 2015

    Can I do the hand surgery while nursing? If not, how long before the operation do I need to stop nursing? Thank you.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 19, 2015

      I guess that you suffer from hyperhidrosis before your pregnancy so there should not be any urgent reason to do it. I have no idea how long you plan to continue with breast feeding and the relatively short operation will not leave with much anesthetic material. I guess it will also be easier to call me so I can discuss it with you in more detailed fashion. 310-557-3037 . Thanks

  24. Ajay  March 14, 2015

    I have a problem of hyperhidrosis in my armpits. How much it will take cost to get ETS surgery. Thanks

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 14, 2015

      Thanks for the comment. Costs will be discussed with the office staff after a medical evaluation in person or over the phone with Dr. Reisfeld determines if there is a need for surgery.

  25. Ashley  March 3, 2015


    I had ETS surgery in 2006 to treat excessive sweating in my underarms and hands. After reading your surgery details, it mentions there’s a surgical option for foot sweating.

    Although my ETS surgery treated my hand sweating 100%, I am still experiencing mild underarm sweating and extreme secondary hyperhidrosis. In addition to my feet, I sweat profusely on my back and abdomen. I also experience lower body sweating including my butt and groin area.

    Do you have any recommendations on what I can do to treat the secondary sweating? I’d like to consider the lumbar sympathectomy, but I fear that I’d be sweating constantly considering my results from ETS. Any guidance is appreciated.


    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 9, 2015

      The compensatory sweating is a side effect that all patients who had ETS for Palmar hyperhidrosis get. The majority of the patients (up to 95%) get it on a mild to moderate fashion and they are very happy with the results. Between 3-5% of the patients get the compensatory sweating on a higher level which will leave them some what unhappy. The actual end results of the c/s are multi factorial and depend on the surgical method,body built,temperature and other factors. The Lumbar sympathectomy addresses the issue of feet excessive sweating which was not corrected by the ETS. You might get some help with the buttocks sweating after ELS. I know that it is some what complicated to explain or understand so the best way is to call us at 310 557 3037 to have a full discussion with Dr. Reisfeld. Thanks.

  26. alexandra  February 26, 2015

    Hi, I suffer from excessive hand sweating i have had this problem for as long as i can remember. I am currently enrolled in massage school and working hands on with others is difficult for me at times. It has become a problem socially for me as well always has, no matter the weather. it gets so bad that the pads of my fingers swell and the sweat drips down my hand. I just would really like to know what do i do from here. i have seen an endocrin before they thought maybe it was thyroid related, that wasnt the case. so i went to a dermatologist and they didnt even see me they suggested botox, but with what i want to do as a caree i dont know the effects it will have on my hands. so please what should i do. feel free to email me or simply reply. thanks so much

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 9, 2015

      What you are describing is a typical case of primary/focal hyperhidrosis. This is a genetic disorder. In the severe cases like yours conservative treatment modalities are not helpful but should be tried(not Botox). If those fail than ETS is the best choice. You can call us at 310 557 3037 so I can answer all of your questions. Thanks

  27. Bride2be  February 22, 2015

    Does insurance cover this surgery?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 14, 2015

      Thanks for the comment. In most cases insurance companies do pay for this procedure but it is a matter of getting authorization and approval beforehand. If you can get in touch with our office we would be happy to talk with you about this subject, verify the coverage and get pre-approval if needed. Also you can see our insurance page.

  28. Sia Carney  February 17, 2015

    Looking for a surgeon in the NY/NJ area, any suggestions? I had the procedure done in May of 1998, but unfortunately my kids have it.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 17, 2015

      Hi Sia. I`m not familiar with any one in your area who is experienced with this particular subject of ETS or ELS. You can call me at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  29. ashley aguiar  February 17, 2015

    I have hyperhidrosis on my hands and feet, I’m 16 and I’m mainly concerned for my hands i live in Boston, MA. Is there anyone you know of that can help me?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 17, 2015

      I`m not familiar with any one in your area who is doing the ETS for palmar hyperhidrosis. You can call our office at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  30. Kim  February 13, 2015

    I have excessive hands and foot sweating as well as armpits. I live in Washington, DC. Do you know of an doctors in this area I can consult with?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 13, 2015

      I`m not familiar with any one in your area. You are more than well come to call my office. Thanks

  31. jeya ram  February 7, 2015

    I have sweating problem in palms and foot sword and heel from my childhood .any specialist in tamil nadu

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 7, 2015

      I`m not familiar with any surgeon who is performing ETS for excessive hand and feet sweating(palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis) in your country. Thanks

  32. Lois  November 20, 2014

    Good Morning.
    Could having hyperparathyroidism cause the excess sweating of the neck,facial and forehead? I am on many medications but these areas are the only areas I have trouble with. I do have fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease, having had both knees replaced. This is very fatiguing. It occurs with any type of motion, getting up from a chair, walking, bending over, and any type of house work.
    I have had many blood tests including thyroid and glucose-all negative.
    Thank You for reading my message.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 22, 2014

      Hyperparathyroidism can cause excessive sweating in the areas you mentioned. Are your parathormones within normal range? If they are not you might have a problem with your parathyroid glands and attention should be given to that. It is not so infrequent to have it but also you can read more about this on our older age body sweating page.