Thursday, October 30, 2008

Melissa's Surgery

This is a picture of Melissa, back in August, when she was having her bilateral sympathectomy. We wanted to post a little bit about this, as we have come to discover many other people suffer from her condition, to varying degrees, and don't know that there is a treatment for it.

The condition is called "hyperhidrosis". It is basically excessive sweating, usually of the hands, feet and armpits. Melissa was mostly affected on her hands and feet. After years of other treatments, none of which were effective, some of which were really INCONVENIENT, and still others which were down right PAINFUL, we chose the surgical route of treatment. The reason we put the surgery off as long as we did is because her local dermatologist is against this form of treatment, as are alot of dermatologists, we have found. However, when we did our own research (mostly internet) we found out it was SAFE, EFFECTIVE (98%) and PERMANENT. It is a good option for those who suffer from this condition. She woke up from surgery with DRY HANDS...we were amazed and thrilled! She left the hospital the same day she had the surgery and the only regret we have is that we didn't do it sooner! If you or a loved one suffer from this condition, we encourage you to seek out a doctor who is knowledgeable in ALL forms of treatment, including surgical.

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