Success Rate of ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathetcomy)

ETS Success Rate

Sweaty palms are corrected in over 98% of cases with the ETS procedure. After years of doing the Thoracic Sympathectomy surgery, it is becoming more evident that the success rate for plantar hyperhidrosis (foot sweating) is no more than 30%.

For this reason the lumbar sympathectomy is an emerging option that represents an excellent approach for those patients who did not get any relief with their plantar sweating after the thoracic sympathectomy. It’s also an option for those who consider their plantar sweating a major problem. The success rate of lumbar sympathectomy for excessive foot sweating is about 98%.

How do I know if my sweating is excessive and considered hyperhidrosis?Simple questions that patients should ask themselves:

  • Does my condition bother me socially or functionally?
  • Do your hands drip from time to time from the sweating?

If the answers for those two questions are yes, and conservative treatments have not helped then, the available hyperhidrosis surgical procedures as a long and lasting option should be considered by the patient. You should also consult with your doctor or a medical professional in this field.


  1. Marlyn  December 13, 2017

    I had a thoracic sympathectomie in 2008, it “was” a succes but after some time i feel the sweat again ( not as before) it is less than before the operation, but it triggers my feet to sweat more. And when I read other people comments it seems like I still have the problem. What could it be someting else? raynaud syndrome? I don’t have coloring of my fingers…

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  December 13, 2017

      Hi Marlyn . The recurrence rate after Thoracic sympathectomy is about 1.5%. That is a low rate. It also depends how severe is the recurrence. There are some surgical options and it also depends on what was the method at the first operation. If you live in the US you can call at 310-557-3037 and more explanation can be given to you. Thanks

  2. Karina  January 2, 2017

    I have both excessive ( dripping levels) hyperthyrosis on my hands and feet. it’s debilitating. I’m in a particular field where my job is to help people and it impeads my being able to do my job at my best.
    Would insurance cover this? i couldn’t afford out if pocket.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 2, 2017

      What you are describing is a typical case of severe hyperhidrosis. In order to get more information and a possible solution please give us a call at 313 557 3037. Thanks

  3. Site Visitor  June 25, 2015

    I am always had hyperhidrosis,but lately I have had eczema over my hands and arms.is this related,and why would this just start now.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 29, 2015

      I do not know about a direct correlation between eczema and excessive hands and feet sweating. It could be coincidental.