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.

Patient Testimonials

Hyperhidrosis: No Sweat!“I stopped sweating right away,” said Tamy Kostadinova, about Video-Assisted Endoscopic Sympathectomy. “My life has completely changed. Everything has gotten better.”

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  • "I would like to thank Dr. Langenfeld and his caring staff for helping me makes the decision to have this surgery. I have noticed a remarkable difference since my surgery in October 2004. I am more confident in social settings and I don't pull away when someone may want to hold my hand. I do have some compensatory sweating, however it is not unbearable. I am very pleased with the results and highly recommend Dr. Langenfeld." -T.L.
  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the results... having this operation is truly one of the best life decisions I ever made. I feel like a normal human being with more confidence in meeting people in social and professional settings. Now it's my turn to be the "first" to extend my hand in a handshake. I'm just sorry that I didn't know about this procedure sooner. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Langenfeld and his kind staff. I could go on and on…" -L.N.
  • "I had my surgery on March 8, 2005, and it was life changing. Being in sales with dripping wet hands is not good! The entire experience was extremely positive and convenient. I was prepared to go to New York to have this surgery, so to have it done so close to home was great and I could recover in my own bed. I was fortunate to see the surgery on the web cast and that answered many questions that I had. I went in with peace of mind about the entire procedure. Having the same day surgery at Robert Wood was positive; everyone I met cared and treated me with kindness and professionalism."
  • "Dr. Langenfeld, thank you for dry hands for the first time in 46 years of life!"-L.G.
  • "Having the hyperhidrosis surgery was a wonderful thing for me. Now I haven't sweated since the surgery under my armpits. The surgery was a Godsend. No more embarrassing moments. I would recommend anyone who needs surgery for this problem to have it done. Dr. Langenfeld, God bless you and your staff."-C.W.
  • "Receiving thoracic surgery has been one of the best decisions of my life. I am more confident in all aspects of my life and would recommend undergoing surgery to anyone with hyperhidrosis."-M.N.