In all humans, sweating is an automatic process. In some people, however, natural perspiration is excessive, leading to a condition known as hyperhidrosis. The most common areas where such excessive sweating occurs are the hands, face, feet and axillae.
This condition is prevalent in approximately 2% of young adults. It often begins in adolescence but can occur in people of all ages. The cause of this condition is unknown, but it is related to over-activity in the sympathetic nervous system.
Do I Have Wet Hands?
Yes, if you have the following problems in your palms:
Provoked by emotional stress, hot weather conditions
Sweating without an apparent reason
Sweating stops during sleep
Sweating not provoked by exercise
How Can It Be Treated Surgically?
The “NO SWEAT” Technique
Sweaty palms, armpits and even face can be permanently treated by a procedure known as Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Sympathicotomy. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and two 5mm incisions are made on each side of the chest to allow access into the chest cavities.
With the aid of a camera mounted on the thoracoscope, the sympathicotonic chains are visualized and duly clipped using titanium clips at the level of the second and third thoracic vertebra.
The results are usually instantaneous and the patient can leave the hospital on the same day with warm and dry hands. The overall success rate is close to 100%.
DOCTOR IN CHARGE
Dr David Khoo Sin Keat
Consultant Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon
MD (UKM), FRCS (Edinburgh), Fellowship in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery (Mayo Clinic, USA)
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM