Healthcare is overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to figure out much medical care costs. Hyperhidrosis surgery costs can vary widely depending on your insurance policy, physician, condition, even where you live. We’ve broken down hyperhidrosis surgery costs, what it entails and crucial questions you need to consider before determining if it’s the right option for you.

What is hyperhidrosis surgery

In endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), surgeons attempt to interrupt the transmission of nerve signals between the sweat glands and spinal column. The purpose of ETS it to prevent nerve signals from “triggering” the sweat glands that cause excessive sweating.

ETS is performed under general anesthesia. A mini camera is inserted into the chest and a lung is temporarily collapsed to give the surgeons more room to locate the nerve paths.

ETS surgery is typically a last resort. It is irreversible, has mixed results and frequently causes compensatory sweating, as well as other conditions including arrhythmia and heat intolerance.

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Hyperhidrosis surgery costs

Surgery costs are determined by a myriad of factors and depend on your particular case. There are often several physicians involved, including the surgeon and anesthesia provider. Each physician involved in a surgery submits a separate bill for their services. Other surgery costs include the cost of the operating room, any necessary medications, recovery room, pre-surgery testing and care, hospital care and consultations.

Because of these factors, hyperhidrosis surgery costs vary widely. It is impossible to state the exact cost of ETS, but in the U.S. it has been reported as a range of $5,000-10,000. Talk to your doctor or insurance company to get a more exact estimate.

Things to consider before hyperhidrosis surgery

Before any surgery, it's important to get the facts. Here are some tips to help you determine accurate hyperhidrosis surgery costs and decide if it's the right option for you.

  • Insurance coverage. Some insurance policies cover hyperhidrosis surgery costs and treatments. Consult your insurance provider to see what is covered.
  • Choose your physician carefully. ETS surgery is not a sure thing. Make sure your surgeon is well-trained, informed and up-to-date on the most recent research. You should discuss all treatment options, side effects and details of hyperhidrosis surgery with them, in addition to doing your own research. Make sure to ask about the percentage of patients who experience side effects a few years after having ETS — complications can become apparent over time.
  • Do your research. When doing research online, make sure you use reputable sources. Peer-reviewed, published research studies are a great source for info on ETS. You can also ask your physician if you can speak to patients who have had the procedure done.

ETS surgery is a permanent, irreversible option that doesn't have guaranteed results — all other treatment options should be exhausted first before deciding to go with surgery.

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