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Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palms) Treatment 
at Olympia Medical Center

Call 1-323-938-3161 Ext 5242

Several different approaches have been taken to cure this very socially and functionally embarrassing problem. Patients have tried everything from herbal medications, lotions to oral medications to end excessive sweating. None of those methods have proved to be of any lasting value. The surgical approach to this problem started about 60 years ago but, due to the location of the sympathetic nerve chain in the body, surgical procedures at that time necessitated a very invasive surgery. The operation used to be done either through the neck, chest cavity, or through the back. Those invasive methods made it an unpopular operation for patients and the medical community at large. Since the introduction of minimally invasive surgery in the early 1990s, methods were developed to access the sympathetic nerve chain with minimally invasive surgery (the patient returns home the same day of the procedure).

Continuing Improvements:
Improvements are constantly being sought. The most recent improvements are the clamping method versus the cutting method as well as a change in the level of the sympathectomy from the classical T2 location (second rib level) to the 3rd and 4th levels. By making these improvements, we hope to further reduce the amount of compensatory sweating, especially with respect to severe cases.

The future of hyperhidrosis treatment:
Obviously because of the genetic nature of hyperhidrosis the best theoretical solution will be a genetic one. As of right now we are offering a mechanical solution for a physiological problem which has great success rates but is not perfect. When a genetic solution is found then hopefully the treatment of hyperhidrosis will be even better. That being said surgeons, including Dr. Reisfeld, are continually evaluating, researching, and working towards improved solutions.

Dr. Reisfeld has authored several studies on the topic of hyperhidrosis in medical journals, reviewed by other experts in the field, and has been interviewed by several TV programs (CBS, FOX, 48 Hours, Life Moments). In addition, Dr. Reisfeld has contributed material in many publications (Newsweek, Heart & Soul). Dr. Reisfeld has exceedingly improved upon the clamping method by creating an even safer and more effective surgical procedure to treat this ailment. Learn more about Doctor Reisfeld's Hyperhidrosis research.

Hyperhidrosis and Genetics:
With regard to the cause of hyperhidrosis, a definite answer cannot be given. There seems to be a genetic correlation with hyperhidrosis. In Dr. Reisfeld's extensive studies, he found that 50% of his patients have some sort of genetic pattern. Another study showed an even higher percentage of genetic origin to this problem. Dr. Reisfeld, and other researchers around the globe, are constantly making progress in this field of medicine.

Do you have any questions that were not answered here? Would you like to speak with Dr. Reisfeld to answer those questions? To learn more about what we can do for you, contact The Center for Hyperhidrosis by calling 1-866-450-5433 Ext 5242

Improved Surgical Methods for Hyperhidrosis:
Over the last few years new methods have been developed to treat different types of hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating). including Excesssive Hand Sweating, Foot Sweating and Armpit sweating. Call 1-866-450-5433 Ext 5242 for more information. 

    Throughout the average day, our bodies naturally perspire as a way to regulate heat. In some people, natural perspiration is excessive in the face, hands and feet affecting as much as 1-2% of the population. This condition is known medically as hyperhidrosis (also spelled as hyperhydrosis) which is defined as the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool the body.

The process of sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. This involuntary nervous system maintains the five million or so sweat glands throughout the body. In fact, about two-thirds of our body's sweat glands are located in the hands alone. The answer to the problem of hyperhidrosis lies within these nerves. Doctors have found that "supercharged" nerves cause excessive sweating.

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