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ETS is performed through two microscopic incisions in the armpit or axilla. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and local anesthetic is infiltrated into the skin and soft tissue to minimize any pain in the early post operative period. Insufflating CO2 into the chest cavity through a tiny needle displaces the lung. We then insert two small instruments into the chest cavity: a telescope attached to a magnifying camera, and a dissecting instrument. The sympathetic nerve is dissected from the surrounding tissue with the dissecting instrument as it crosses over the ribs. After we've isolated the ganglia, a 5mm clamp is placed across the nerve. The advantage of clamping is that it allows the option for reversing the procedure, should the side effects be bothersome, though this is rarely required. After completing the sympathectomy and removing the CO2 from the chest cavity, the lung re-expands, and the two incisions are closed. The procedure is completed on both the left and right side, and then the patient is awakened and moved to the recovery room. Patients generally leave the hospital within hours of completion of the operation.

Analysis of long-term follow-up data indicates that not all patients with hyperhidrosis are the same, and that surgery needs to be tailored to the individual patient. Dr. Gorenstein also believes that ETS surgery needs to be individualized to reduce the side effects of surgery.

Palmar Hyperhidrosis
The majority of patients who have disabling hyperhidrosis, complain of excessive palmar (hand) sweating, either alone or in combination with plantar (feet) sweating. ETS is the best treatment choice for this condition, when symptoms are severe, as the other treatment options cannot control symptoms in severe cases. We perform a T3 sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis, which consists of placing a clamp above and below the T3 ganglia. This procedure completely eliminates excessive palmar hyperhidrosis, yet does not result in the same amount of compensatory sweating that occurs after a T2/T3 sympathectomy. Having performed only a T3 sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis in several hundred patients over the past 4 years, we are very pleased with the results and patient satisfaction.

Facial Blushing
Facial blushing is another manifestation of an overactive sympathetic nervous center. Patients complain of embarrassing blushing over their upper chest, neck, and face during stressful situations, such as public speaking or job interviews. There is some controversy regarding the benefits of ETS for facial blushing. Our experience at the Center for Hyperhidrosis at Columbia University Medical Center with ETS and facial blushing has been positive. We perform a modified T2 sympathectomy, where a block is placed only above the T2 ganglion, rather than both above and below the T2 ganglion. This technical modification of T2 sympathectomy, seems to have reduced the severity of compensatory sweating, the most common side effect that affects patients after ETS for facial blushing.

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The Center for Hyperhidrosis at Columbia University Medical Center is located at 320 Herbert Irving Pavillion, 161 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032. Specializing in surgical and non-surgical treatments for excessive sweating and facial blushing including miraDry and the ETS procedure. Serving the New York metropolitan area, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Hudson Valley, Bergen County, New Jersey, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call 212-342-1354.

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