Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating. The whole body can sweat excessively – generalized (secondary) hyperhidrosis, or individual parts of the body sweat – focal (primary) hyperhidrosis.
In primary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating occurs on certain parts of the body – palms, armpits, face, soles.
Primary hyperhidrosis is not a disease, but a condition that significantly reduces the quality of life. It can be caused by stress, strong emotions, or occur spontaneously.
Permanent solution for the primary hyperhidrosis problem is thoracoscopic sympathicotomy, a minimally invasive surgical intervention.
This procedure is the standard of care for primary hyperhidrosis and has been performed worldwide for over 35 years. It is performed under general anesthesia, on both sides of the chest and lasts about 30 minutes. Through two working channels, a special camera and another instrument – an ultrasound hook – are introduced into the pleural space, with which the sympathetic chain is cut at a precisely determined level. After the procedure, the wounds are closed with a special medical adhesive (hystoacril) therefore the scars after the surgery are minimal or non-existent.
After waking up from anesthesia, the patient is relocated to the ward, a control chest radiograph is taken and the patient is discharged from the hospital on the same day (optionally the next day depending on where he lives). The effect of the operation is noticeable immediately after waking up from anesthesia.
In the CODRA Thoracic Surgery center, this intervention is performed by Prof. Dr. Ivan Kuhajda, a thoracic surgery specialist, who has performed this surgery on over over 1,500 patients.
The thoracic surgery team at the CODRA Hospital is led by top experts with vast experience gained over decades of work at the Thoracic Surgery Center in Sremska Kamenica and stays at the world’s most renowned clinics: Prof. Dr. Miloš Koledin – now a permanent member of the staff of the Center for Surgery at the CODRA Hospital and a permanent associate and consultant in regular terms Prof. Dr. Ivan Kuhajda.