UW ETS Sympathectomy Program Results
- Compensatory Sweating
Approximately 40 to 50 percent of patients experience mild increased sweating in other parts of the body, such as the chest, back or abdomen. In some patients, this is temporary, but in others, it may be permanent.
During the operation, we remove, rather than seal, the sympathetic nerve chain. This may decrease the risk of compensatory hyperhidrosis.
- Horner's Syndrome
Horner's Syndrome is a rare side effect that may occur if a nerve pathway is accidentally damaged during surgery. Symptoms include decreased sweating on the face, drooping of the eyelid, and a constricted pupil. In the unlikely event this happens, a plastic surgeon can correct the eyelid droop.
To date, none of our patients have developed Horner's Syndrome.
Safety and Training
Our surgeons have extensive training and comprehensive experience with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. We are dedicated to patient safety and minimally invasive techniques. This dedication is reflected in our outstanding success rates.