Hyperhidrosis for excessive sweating is a genetic condition that affects 2% of the population is in the United States excessive sweating Affects Different Parts of the Body Including:
- Hands or palmar hyperhidrosis
- Underarms or axillary hyperhidrosis
- Face or facial hyperhidrosis
- Feet or pedal hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis affects patient’s of every race and color. This is a condition that could be very debilitating affecting every aspect of once life. Palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can affect normal activity of an individual making it impossible to perform usual daily tasks such as
- Shaking hands
- Holding a cup
- Playing sports
- Writing with a pen
Patients usually do not have control over the sweating which can start any time during the day high rates more prevalent when patient’s or under stress.
Excessive sweating can start any time but it is exacerbated when the patient is in a crowd. Subsequently patient’s avoid situations that would bring on the excessive sweating. This can lead to avoiding social gatherings and being in a crowd that can bring on the excessive sweating. This can make 1 become isolated from the Society subsequently not being able to achieve once full potential in life. We have also seen dependency on alcoholism and drugs as an escape mechanism from severe hyperhidrosis.
Subsequently this can adversely affect ones social, academic, romantic and work related opportunities.
Causes of hyperhidrosis:
If untreated peripheral arterial disease can lead to amputation of the legs with severe disability
Other causes of hyperhidrosis include:
- Psychiatric disorders
- Some medications
Treatment of hyperhidrdosis:
At Encino vascular Institute, hyperhidrosis is treated with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that takes about 1 hour. The incisions are about a quarter of an inch in the underarm area. The patient is asleep during the operation and does not feel any pain.
During surgery ,the sympathetic chain which is the cause of hyperhidrosis is clipped with a small titanium clip
This is an outpatient procedure and the patient’s go home after recovery the same day.
Success rates is close to 100% and the results of surgery are immediate. Patient’s recovery and recovery room noticing that the hands are warm and not sweating. Patients know immediately that the surgery has worked.
Patients are able to go back to normal physical activity and work within a few days.
Accommodations are made for part of town patient’s
Dr. Malekmehr is one of the pioneers of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy with 25 years of experience in this field. He has treated thousand the patient’s from all over the United States and the World with great results.
Peripheral arterial disease is diagnosed and treated at Encino Vascular Institute with minimally invasive procedures