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Hyperhidrosis – patient information to assist informed consent

This RACS patient education pamphlet provides information on the surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis. This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients considering surgical treatment for the relief of excessive and uncontrollable sweating. The topics discussed include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Causes and diagnosis of hyperhidrosis
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis (caused by underlying conditions such as menopause, obesity and some hormone disorders)
  • Non-surgical and surgical treatment options

The non-surgical treatment options discussed are:

  • Dietary changes
  • Prescription antiperspirants
  • Oral medications
  • Iontophoresis
  • Botox injections

The surgical treatment options discussed for hyperhidrosis are axillary sweat gland excision and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). The benefits, risks and limitations of each procedure are discussed in detail. The possible complications of surgery are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 31 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons patient information brochures. Hyperhidrosis is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RACS patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.