Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a surgical procedure to decrease sweat production by interrupting the nerves that cause excessive sweating. This procedure can be highly effective and is ideally suited for patients who suffer palm, underarm and facial sweating, or other forms of sweating that is resistant to other methods of treatment.

Important facts

  • This is a highly specialised procedure conducted by a vascular surgeon
  • Success rate for reducing or eliminating excess sweat production is very high, and can be expected to exceed 90%.
  • The procedure involves cutting the sympathetic nerves behind the chest wall that supply the sweat glands in the arm and hand.
  • In addition to reducing sweating in the palm, armpit and face, ETS can also reduce excessive flushing and blushing of the face.
  • Patients should always consider and try non-surgical treatments for excessive sweating prior to undergoing ETS.
  • The effects of ETS should be considered a permanent result with recurrence rates extremely low.

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