For the last ten years, Dr. Fox has focused extensively on the areas of thoracic surgery with an emphasis on conditions such as hyperhidrosis. After meeting with Dr. Fox, you will gain an understanding of his level of commitment to the field of thoracic surgery.
Dr. Fox will evaluate your history such as the key areas where you sweat, how often you sweat, and the extent or amount of sweat. The only way to know for sure is to come in for a comprehensive visit with Dr. Fox. Dr. Fox will take great care to evaluate your situation and make sure you understand the benefits as well as the risks to the procedure. Based on his findings, he will make a recommendation for your individual case.
Dr. Fox requires that all patients spend the first night in the hospital for observation. Most patients can expect to be up and moving within a couple of hours after the surgery and return to normal activity in 3-4 days.
Most insurance companies will pay for this procedure. Our office will contact the insurance company on your behalf to make sure it is covered.
As with any surgical procedure, there is some level of risk for the procedure. These include bleeding, infection or lung collapse. Those risks will be covered in detail during your initial consultation with Dr. Fox. Most patients experience some degree of increased "compensatory sweating" in areas of their back, abdomen, or thighs. Despite this common side effect, the vast majority of patients are very satisfied with the results of surgery.
Dr. Fox only uses board-certified anesthesiologists to administer the anesthesia. You will be asleep for about one hour under general anesthesia.
The scars from the procedure are generally about 1/2 inch in length and require no skin sutures.