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Overview of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms) is a condition which results in excessive sweating. The sweating occurs at unpredictable times and is not limited to conditions of excess heat or warmth. Anxiety can worsen the sweating, which most commonly affects the hands, feet, and armpits. The underlying cause of hyperhidrosis is overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

Your doctor will discuss your treatments options with you. One possible treatment option is surgical sympathectomy, a procedure performed by a cardiothoracic surgeon that divides a portion of the sympathetic nervous system and reduces the amount of sweating. This minimally invasive operation uses small incisions through the armpit to divide the sympathetic nerves. Typical hospital stay after the operation is 1-2 days and most patients have reduced sweating shortly after surgery.

Services and Programs

Services and programs at Intermountain Heart Institute for patients with hyperhidrosis

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Our Heart Cardiothoracic Surgery program provides all surgeries that are clinically available in the United States – along with high volumes and excellent outcomes.

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