Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
A VATS sympathectomy, also known as endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy (ETS), is a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons divide the sympathetic nerve chain located in the thoracic cavity in order to reduce the amount of nerve stimulation that causes the excessive sweating of the hands and facial blushing.
What can I expect during the VATS sympathectomy?
Performed at a hospital or surgicenter, this procedure generally allows for patients to go home the same day. The results are immediate, resulting in warm, dry hands upon completion of the procedure. A VATS sympathectomy has an extremely high success rate of 98 percent for effectively curing sweaty palms and reducing facial blushing.
During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube with a camera at its tip known as a thoracoscope is inserted into a small incision of less than one centimeter under both arms. The thoracoscope provides the surgeons with superior visualization of the sympathetic nerve chain located in the chest. An additional tiny incision is then made, allowing the surgical instruments access to divide the sympathetic chain at the appropriate level.
Recovery after the VATS sympathectomy is swift, with most patients returning to normal activity within a week.*
*Individual results may vary.
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