SEATTLE, Oct. 10, 2009 -- Nearly eight million Americans have a problem that makes them sweat so much it's embarrassing.
No amount of antiperspirant or powder is strong enough to stop it, but there's a surgical procedure that can help.
Essential hyperhidrosis is a condition marked by abnormal, uncontrollable and excessive sweating that occurs in
different parts of the body for no apparent reason. For people who suffer from this condition, help is now available through
the SCI Thoracic Surgery Clinic and an outpatient surgical procedure known as high thoracic thoracoscopic sympathectomy,
or ETS. The Swedish Thoracic Surgery Clinic's experience with ETS is unmatched by any practice in the Pacific Northwest.
Now doctors make two small incisions under the arm pit and cut the nerve that supplies the sweat glands. Patients are expected to return home the same day.
In a recent study of 300 patients, the surgery was successful in treating over 99 percent of those with hyperhidrosis of the hands and
61 percent of those with excessive sweating under the arms.
To read the transcript of - and watch the video from - the related story KING Television (channel 5; NBC) aired Oct. 9, click here.
For more information about the ETS surgical procedure offered at Swedish, call 206-215-6800.