Latest Research On ETS Surgery, Excessive Armpit Sweat, And Hyperhidrosis

Until very recently, most sufferers of excessive armpit sweat resorted to ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) surgery as a means to an end of the sweating.

The Truth About Excessive Sweating And ETS Surgery

In April 2007, the International Society for Sympathetic Surgery concluded that ETS is not beneficial for sufferers excessive armpit sweat. It is better suited for people who sweat excessively from their hands or feet.

For excessive armpit sweat a procedure called Retrodermal Curretage is now more widely recommended.

This is because compensatory sweating is not as prevalent. Compensatory sweating is doctor-talk for excessive sweating in other areas since your underarms are dry now.

Apparently after ETS, a large number of patients complained that their backs, chests, feet, faces, and legs began to sweat excessively. If you ask me, that completely defeats the purpose of ETS to begin with.

Actually, if I had to sweat from somewhere, I would prefer the excessive armpit sweat because it’s easier to hide. Could you imagine having chest stains and back stains instead of pit stains? How the hell could you ever hide that without having to hide yourself completely?

Now, this was all recommended by the experts and we personally side with them. But, maybe you’re stubborn or you beg to differ. Or, maybe you suffer from hyperhidrosis of the hands or feet, and just want some info on ETS….well here ya go…

The “S” in ETS stands for “sympathectomy.” What that refers to is a cutting or clamping of the symptathetic (as in “sympathetic nervous system” or SNS) chain to interfere with its activity (producing sweat).

History And Procedure of ETS

There is nothing new and hip about this procedure. It’s about 60 years old, but it has changed along with medical technology over the years.

Back in the day surgeons had to make big incisions in the back, chest wall, or neck.

Nowadays though, with new endoscopic cameras and instruments, the operation can be performed through small incisions with no trauma to muscles or other structures in the body.

Because of the smaller cuts, the procedure is much easier to recover from than it once was. Actually, it’s now performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are put under general anesthesia for about an hour, which is how long the surgery takes.

Most can leave the facility within two hours of the surgery’s completion. Normal physical activity and return to work or school are possible in about a week, maybe less.

Something You Should Know

Certain medical conditions prohibit this surgery. They are severe cardio-respiratory disease, pleural disease, and untreated thyroid conditions. But, if you have any of these problems, you’re not going to be real worried about getting ETS, right?

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What’s the Take-Away Message?

In the opinions of both the International Society for Sympathetic Surgery (the nerd experts) and the Mechanic brothers (not nerds, but still experts)…..

If you are going to get surgery to stop excessive underarm sweating, dont go the ETS route. Try retrodermal curretage.

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