Hyperhidrosis Center

Hope for Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is a rare but treatable problem. It is most often seen in the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, face, and armpits—and is often debilitating, causing individuals affected by the condition to avoid everyday activities like shaking someone’s hand, playing a musical instrument, or participating in sports. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick offers Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy, the latest surgical approach to offer permanent relief from hyperhidrosis, for prospective patients who have this chronic and troublesome condition.

About the Surgery

Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy is a minimally-invasive surgical approach, where the nerves that lead to the sweat glands are cut. The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The minimally-invasive surgery means little to no scarring, a shorter hospital stay and most importantly, a faster recovery, with patients returning to their normal activities a few days after surgery. Results from the procedure are seen immediately: Patients often awake from surgery with dry palms.

Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy is performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by John E. Langenfeld, MD. Please call 732-235-7802 to schedule an appointment.

A Proven Cure: Success Rate and Results

Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy has a success rate of 98% for hyperhidrosis of the hands. There may be compensatory sweating elsewhere on the body, but surveys have shown that approximately 94% of patients are satisfied with the results of the surgery and would have the surgery again.

Insurance and Eligibility

Many health insurance companies will cover Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy, but check with your insurance provider for details. Please talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate.

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