Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service

The Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service in Mass General's Division of Thoracic Surgery employs a minimally invasive surgical approach for the management of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

  • Phone: 888-MGH-PALM

At the Massachusetts General Hospital Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service, we employ a minimally invasive surgical approach to managing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) for appropriate patients.

What to Expect

Patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their condition to determine the best approach to managing their upper body hyperhidrosis. Most patients are treated initially with several medical interventions in the hope of avoiding surgery.

However, for patients with severe hyperhidrosis who have failed nonsurgical treatments, we may recommend thoracoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. This minimally invasive procedure is usually performed through several small incisions in the armpit.

While the patient is under anesthesia, a small scope with a camera is inserted into the chest cavity. Your surgeon can then identify and interrupt the nerve ganglia that are responsible for the excess sweating. Most patients treated with this technique can leave the hospital within hours and resume normal activities within one week.

A Highly Skilled & Experienced Team

The Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service, part of the Mass General Division of Thoracic Surgery, includes board-certified thoracic surgeons who have a long history of treating hyperhidrosis surgically. Our team also performs the full range of thoracic surgery, bringing a level of skill and expertise to help ensure patient comfort and safety.

Although surgery for hyperhidrosis is relatively simple, as with all operations, it still carries some risk. At Mass General, patients undergo the procedure at a world-renowned hospital that provides safe, high-quality care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.

To make an appointment, please call 888-MGH-PALM (888-644-7256).

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At the Massachusetts General Hospital Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service, we employ a minimally invasive surgical approach to managing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) for appropriate patients.

Our bodies naturally sweat to regulate body temperature. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body creates perspiration in excess of what is necessary to cool itself. When this condition affects the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis) or armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis), it can have a dramatic impact on the patient's everyday life. In many cases, it can compromise his or her ability to function in the workplace and at home.

Our surgical approach, thoracoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, can eliminate palmar hyperhidrosis and also can help decrease axillary hyperhidrosis (armpit perspiration).

Renowned Experts

Within the Mass General Division of Thoracic Surgery, the Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service is led by board-certified thoracic surgeons with extensive experience in the use of minimally invasive techniques for treating hyperhidrosis. They are well-recognized figures within the field of thoracic surgery and in hyperhidrosis research and treatment.

Since 1995, Mass General has offered a full range of care options to hyperhidrosis patients. Combining state-of-the-art technology with our tradition of surgical excellence, our minimally invasive treatment approach has evolved to:

  • Decrease incision size
  • Reduce postoperative recovery time
  • Hasten return to full activity

Convenience and Service

Patients treated for hyperhidrosis at Mass General receive not only excellent medical treatment but also high-quality customer service. Our experienced administrative team can help coordinate insurance paperwork and physician referrals and explain the entire treatment process.

To make an appointment, please call 888-MGH-PALM (888-644-7256). We can usually schedule your initial consultation/evaluation within one to two weeks.

For the convenience of our patients, we also provide hyperhidrosis-related services at our offices at North Shore Medical Center (Salem Campus) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.


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Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service

Blake 1570
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 888-MGH-PALM

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