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Frequently Asked Questions

   1. Where is the procedure performed?
   2. How many thoracic endoscopic procedures are performed each year by Drs. Raney, Zusman and Joyo?
   3. How long does Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) procedure take?
   4. How long is the recovery period?
   5. What is the success rate for ETS?
   6. Does insurance cover the Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy procedure?
   7. Where can I find out more information about Hyperhidrosis and ETS?

1. Where is the procedure performed?
Dr. Zusman and Dr. Joyo practice exclusively at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.

2. How many thoracic endoscopic procedures are performed each year by Drs. Raney, Zusman and Joyo?
In 2002, Drs. Raney, Zusman and Joyo performed over 650 chest or thoracic surgeries. Over 60% of those were endoscopic procedures, enhancing their expertise in this area.

3. How long does Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) procedure take?
The ETS procedure takes approximately 60 minutes to perform.

4. How long is the recovery period?
Most people are ready to recuperate at home after spending a few hours in the hospital recovering from the effects of anesthesia. Under most circumstances a full recovery is made in a few days.

5. What is the success rate for ETS?
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) has been proven to be a safe technique, and the results in hyperhidrosis are rewarding, with a success rate of approximately 95% in most large series. (See references 1 and 2 below)

1.Cohen Z, Levi I, Pinsk I et al. Thoracoscopic upper thoracic sympathectomy for primary palmar hyperhidrosis - the combined paediatric, adolescent and adult experience. Eur J Surg 1998;Suppl 580:5-8
2. Olsson Rex L, Drott C, Claes G, et al. The Borås experience of endoscopic thoracic sympathicotomy for palmar, axillary, facial hyperhidrosis and facial blushing. Eur J Surg 1998;Suppl 580:23-26

6. Does insurance cover the Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy procedure?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and treatment is covered by most insurance companies. But since coverage can vary, check with your health plan or call us for more details.

7. Where can I find out more information about Hyperhidrosis and ETS?
Drs. Raney, Zusman and Joyo are available to answer questions about this condition and its treatment. You can reach us at 877-744-4486. For additional general information, please visit the Society for Thoracic Surgeons website.




 



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