Surgery for Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis


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It is a good idea to explore non-invasive options before turning to surgery.  However, if no other treatments seem to be working for you or they cause you problems, then there is the option of having surgery in order to combat your hyperhidrosis.  Having surgery is not an easy decision to make, and you need to be fully aware of all of the risks as well as the benefits that it can offer you.  There are two forms of surgery for hyperhidrosis, Endoscotip thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) or Retrodermal curettage.

Practitioners for Surgery

Only a fully qualified surgeon can perform any form of surgery within the UK, and it is important that you take care when choosing your surgeon for hyperhidrosis surgery.

  • Ensure that your surgeon is properly qualified and has relevant training to perform either retrodermal curettage or ETS. 
  • Make a consultation with your surgeon before your surgery so that you can meet them and ask any questions that you may have. This will help to put your mind at ease, and allow you to see where you will be having the surgery.  Your surgeon will also be keen to meet you, to find out about your medical history and to help you to relax about the surgery.
  • Talk to someone who has also had surgery with the surgeon that you are considering and ask them to tell you about their experiences of both the surgeon and the hospital where you will have having your surgery.

If you are at all unsure about your surgeon or uneasy about having the procedure then it is best to do some further research or to discuss your options with a different surgeon.  It is important that you are comfortable and confident about having the surgery before you go into the hospital.


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