A lot of people suffer from excessive sweating and when nothing seems to be working for them a lot of them consider surgery as an option. But before surgery can really be considered as fool-proof option, the pros and cons of a surgical intervention for hyperhidrosis should be considered. The name of the surgery which is to be considered for hyperhidrosis is called ETS. Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy or ETS as it is commonly referred to as is basically a procedure through which the surgeon disrupts the neural messages that are sent to the body so that the body cannot blush. This surgery is common procedure to treat sweaty palms, hyperhidrosis and even headaches. So idea is simple – the body is unable to send neural messages to the brain and hence the body does not try to adapt to the environment and thus does not sweat! The procedure involves either dissecting part of the sympathetic nerve trunk or clamping it so that signals are not sent anymore.
The cost of this surgery varies to anything between $4,000 and $20,000 depending upon where and from whom you are getting this done. There are some other factors too which are instrumental is deriving this cost.
Any surgical intervention to the natural rhythm of the body has potential side effects. In some cases people have uncontrollable sweating in spite of the surgery and the whole purpose of the surgery is defeated. Other risks include bleeding and infection while in some cases it is more extreme like a collapsed lung or even nerve damage! In some cases where people who undergo such a surgery but are used to high levels of physical activity suffer excessively when the heart rate goes up and the body's natural defense mechanism fails.
Many people are of the view that the ETS surgery is the perfection solution for hyperhidrosis. And in many cases it may be true. But the solution is not a perfect fit for everyone! Since it does not have a proven track record for being the perfect solution for a hyperhidrosis condition all the options available should be weighed before deciding upon it as the only solution. A thorough assessment of each individual based on his or her lifestyle and specific circumstances needs to be carried out before settling upon a treatment option.
Surgical intervention does not tackle the problem at the root cause, even though it does provide some relief, but not without adverse effects. Thus an effective cure should address the internal cause of sweating by tackling all hyperhidrosis contributing factors. Surgery is no way does this! However if we consider a holistic approach which is multidimensional to completely eliminate excessive sweating by taking into consideration the nutritional, hormonal, psychological and environmental triggers, hyperhidrosis can be effectively controlled.This is the only, safe, natural and effective way one can get long lasting freedom from hyperhidrosis.