During upper extremity sympathectomy, the upper thoracic nerve ganglia is resected.
Also Known As:
- Sweaty palms surgery
- Hyperhidrosis surgery
Conditions Treated with Upper Extremity Sympathectomy:
Upper extremity sympathectomy is utilized in order to treat excessive palm sweating, posttraumatic pain syndrome, vasospastic disorder and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to upper extremity sympathectomy. Thoroscopic upper extremity sympathectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Upper Extremity Sympathectomy:
Upper extremity sympathectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Upper Extremity Sympathectomy:
Possible risks following upper extremity sympathectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience hematoma, postsympathectmy neuralgia, pleural effusion, pleurotomy, phrenic nerve injury, subclavian artery injury and a collapsed lung.
Prognosis after Upper Extremity Sympathectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following upper extremity sympathectomy is good for patients suffering from excessive palm sweating.