Hyperhidrosis: Pros and Cons of Having your Underarm Sweat Glands Removed
Posted Oct 26 2012 7:45am
Going out on the sun is not a good thing to do especially if it’s too hot outside because you will sweat a lot. They say that perspiration or sweating is normal; but what if you’re sweating to the point you can’t control it? Sweating is good because it detoxifies your body but if you’re suffering from excessive sweating you should consult your doctor. Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, and it complicates business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a steering wheel, or shake hands.
Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. The cause of hyperhidrosis is although neurologic, metabolic, and other systematic diseases can sometimes cause excessive sweating, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly all the time, regardless of their mood or the weather. Treat underlying causes and triggers. Sweaty hands are often a symptom of something else that is going on, such as stress from work, home and school. Support the nervous system to function optimally by taking B-complex vitamins, fish oil and herbs such as passionflower and oat straw that support nerve relaxation.
Treatment of Hyperhidrosis
Different methods have been used to treat excessive sweating such as herbal medications, different oral medications, lotions, and injections of botox. The treatments are not painful as what you think and if you continuously have your treatment the result will be somewhat controlled and for some treatments the sweating stops completely and permanently. Axillary suction curettage can be an effective method of stopping excessive sweating permanently , particularly if your problematic areas are in the armpits. While there are cons to the procedure, and there may be a more effective method for fixing other types of excessive perspiration problems, axillary suction curettage is generally one of the most effective solutions.
Pros of Axillary Suction CurettageLong-Term Effectiveness
Excessive sweating can be somewhat controlled with non-invasive methods like anti-sweating gels, lotions and antiperspirants, but nothing can permanently stop the problem short of surgery. There are other more effective solutions than gels and lotions, such as electric shock and medication, but both require life-long commitments to keep sweating under control. Axillary suction curettage involves the permanent destruction or removal of sweat glands in problematic areas, so the sweating stops completely and permanently.
The Most Effective Armpit Sweating Control
While axillary suction curettage can’t effectively treat all sweating problems, this works both ways. Electric shock generally only works for the hands and feet, as it requires that the problematic areas be submerged, so it can’t treat armpit sweating. ETS which stands for Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy. With this method the specialized surgeon enters the thoracic cavity and disrupts the sympathetic chain responsible for excessive hand sweating. This is an outpatient procedure and the patient can go home the same day. The success rate is around 98-99% for excessive hand sweating. This procedure most the effective for hands and feet, but not particularly effective for armpits. If you suffer from excessive sweating in the armpits, axillary suction curettage is the most effective solution.
For excessive foot sweating a new procedure known as lumbar sympathectomy was developed since about 2005. With this procedure people who suffer specifically from excessive foot sweating OR did not get enough relief via the ETS procedure then this procedure provides relief with a high degree of success 98-99%. It’s important to note that the majority of people with hyperhidrosis have it in both the hands and feet. For this reason it is more common for people who had surgery for their hands to then want the surgery for their feet. Why the hands first? Typically excessive hand sweating appears in the younger age group and is more socially and functionally troubling to people than their feet.
Excessive armpit sweating that appears by itself (without hand and foot sweating) can be addressed, after all conservative methods have failed, with subdermal laser ablation and suction curettage. This can be accomplished on an outpatient basis with the success rate of about 85%.
Of the Surgical Options, There Are Fewer Risks
One of the reasons that you may choose axillary suction curettage over other surgical options is that there are fewer risks associated with this surgery. While both axillary suction curettage and most ETS procedures are outpatient surgeries, some forms of ETS actually require hospital stays because they deal with delicate nerves. Likewise, ETS comes with the risk of permanent nerve damage, whereas axillary suction curettage takes place much closer to the skin’s surface and is not as invasive.
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) refers to surgical interruption of the sympathetic nerves responsible for sweating. Sympathectomy is an operation intended to destroy part of the nerve supply to the sweat glands in the skin. The surgeon inserts a special endoscopic instrument into the chest between two ribs just below the armpit. The lung is briefly deflated to better visualize and destroy the nerves. Sympathectomy is both effective and risky. Even with newer endoscopic techniques, complications of the procedure can include compensatory, excessive sweating in other parts of the body as well as lung and nerve problems. As many of these complications are serious and not reversible, this option is rarely used, and then only as a last resort.
Cons of Axillary Suction Curettage
Axillary suction curettage actually is not that effective for treating sweating problems on the hands, feet and face. There are, however, other surgical solutions, such as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), that affect the body’s nerves in order to stop excessive sweating in these areas.
One of the greatest cons associated with axillary suction curettage is permanent scarring, as entire sections of skin are stretched or removed, although advances in the industry have made it possible to perform the procedure with minimal scarring. Because the procedure is typically performed in the armpits, any scarring that results can cause the skin to become taut. This can make raising your arm above your head or stretching your arm out painful and nearly impossible to achieve, especially if the wound healed improperly and resulted in some reduced muscle function.
Hands, holding hands, or dancing can be stressful or embarrassing. Stress can make hyperhidrosis worse. In some cases, it may also reduce sweating in the face, armpits and the feet. The goal of the surgery is to stop the sympathetic nervous system from sending signals to the hands. Indeed be made, you’ll want to make more of the principles a part of your life and enjoy the satisfaction of dry hands and feet! The greatest freedom is to have a sweat free hands and feet. There are lots of treatment out there all you need to do is to find which treatment fits you but before doing anything you have to consult a doctor first.
Author bio: Beth Coleman is a Gym Junkie, a Vegan, she never eats meat and the likes. She also has a passion in cooking and formulating vegan recipes. Follow her adventures on her Twitter.
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