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News Local Surgeon Offers Procedure to Curb Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating that is localized to one or several body parts, including the hands, feet, armpits or face. While sweating is a normal physiological response to certain triggers such as warm temperatures, exercise, anger or even embarrassment, people with hyperhidrosis sweat in the absence of a trigger.

“The human body has more than four million sweat glands, which produce sweat to regulate the body’s temperature,” said Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiothoracic Surgeon Mark Taylor, MD. “For people with hyperhidrosis, the mechanism cooling the body has become too active; so much so that they may experience sweating that is four or five times more than what is considered normal.”

“This excessive sweating can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and can have a negative impact on a person’s life, from relationships to recreational activities, self-image, emotional well-being and even career choices,” said Taylor. “And while it affects millions of people around the world, often those who suffer from it have never been diagnosed and are not
aware that treatment options are available.”

Taylor has been treating people primarily with excessive sweating of the hands and feet for the last several years with a surgical procedure called symphatectomy. During the minimally invasive procedure, Taylor clips the sympathetic nerves of the ganglion, which interrupts the transmission of nerve signals from the spinal column to the sweat glands.

According to Taylor, studies also show that this procedure relieves hyperhidrosis in more than 90 percent of cases. Because it is a less invasive procedure it causes very little scarring and most patients are back to their regular daily activities within a week.

For more information, call Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular Surgery Department toll free at 1-888-414-8179.