Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes heavy sweating in the palms of your hands, or face, underarms and sometimes feet. People with this condition may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest.
Video-assisted sympathectomy is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon cuts or clamps the sympathetic nerve chain, which runs along your spine. This prevents the brain from sending signals to the involved areas to make them sweat. We perform this procedure through several small incisions, using a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and sleek surgical instruments. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of your body onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure.
If you have not been formally diagnosed yet, call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to see your primary care provider to explore all possible causes of your symptoms. All thoracic procedures require a referral from a provider before scheduling.
If you have a referral for a thoracic procedure, contact the team at the facility where you want to have the procedure completed: