On the surface, excessive sweating can be an embarrassment. Sweating profusely under normal conditions
and without a strong stimulus is not normal. For some people, this problem can bring about a lowered confidence
level and tainted social relations.
On the much deeper scenario, excessive sweating can merely be a symptom of a more severe disease like hyperthyroidism. If your thyroid glands become too active, it will produce too many hormones that can affect the processes of the body, more specifically the sweating mechanism.
There are different ways to treat excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Milder cases of this health condition can be addressed with the use of antiperspirant creams and lotions easily available at health stores today. However, this disease may occur in a more severe stage, wherein non-obtrusive methods of treating the disease fail to help at all.
Be informed that sweating is a function of the sympathetic nervous system. This means that the brain manages
the entire process on its own and you have no way of controlling it. Sweating is like heart beat and blood
pressure. They work automatically. You cannot will your heart to stop beating, and you can't make your
own blood to stop flowing.
The treatment for hyperhidrosis through surgery is called sympathectomy.
In this procedure, an endoscope will be inserted between your ribs located right below the armpits. An endoscope is a small microscopic device that is meant to obtain a good visual of the internal elements of your body. The surgeon will be looking for the nerve supply to the sweat glands. They will destroy them so that they will not induce excessive sweating any longer.
It is not easy to find the nerve supply. The lungs have to be dilated during the entire procedure. Once the doctor finds what he's looking for, he will begin to do the necessary things to deter the functions of the nerves.
This is what you will have to go through if you need to address excessive sweating through surgery.
When you look at it, sweating seems to be a mild problem to get the skin between your ribs punctured and your lungs dilated. Needless to say, it is a risky procedure that can affect the other organs of the body, should something out of the ordinary during the surgical procedure arise.
While the success rate of sympathectomy is high, it is still not the best choice of treatment for hyperhidrosis as far as overall health issues are concerned. It is very important for you to consult your doctor to exhaust all means of treatment before resorting to sympathectomy. Sympathectomy should be considered as a last possible option for this problem. If other treatment procedures are available, it is best that you try all of those first before deciding on surgery.