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Upper Extremity Sympathectomy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Upper Extremity Sympathectomy

What is Upper Extremity Sympathectomy?

During upper extremity sympathectomy, the upper thoracic nerve ganglia is resected.

Also Known As:

  • Sympathectomy
  • 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.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Upper Extremity Sympathectomy:

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. 

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