Doctors at Max Hospital Saket perform India’s first robotic surgery for treating sweaty palms

Delhi, October 20th: In a first-of-its-kind procedure, doctors at Max Super Speciality Hospital Saket, New Delhi, India’s leading healthcare provider, performed robotic surgery to permanently eliminate the issue of the excessive sweating issue in a 24-year-old woman. This is the first time high-precision robotic surgery has been performed in India to treat the issue of excessive sweating.

The patient had been suffering from complaints of excessive sweating in both palms and feet for over 7 years and it caused psychological distress. Her condition was so severe that she couldn’t even touch her face or hair. She tried various treatment modalities including botox injections. However, it didn’t provide any relief to her.

“This condition was causing extreme distress to the patient. Despite trying out several treatment in the past she didn’t get any respite. She then came to Max Hospital, Saket. After patient evaluation and we decided to perform bilateral robotic selective sympathectomy. Three small cuts were given on each side of the chest under the sub mammary crease. Immediately after the surgery we saw the result. Her hand became completely dry. Post-surgery, the patient’s quality of life has improved significantly.

Excessive sweating, which is medically known as hyperhidrosis, can be very distressing and can cause psycho-social issues in young individuals. Conservative treatments do not provide long term relief to the patients.

At present, the conventional Endoscopic Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy Surgery (ETS) is performed to deal with the issue of sweaty palms and feet. However, the biggest concern with this procedure is the development of compensatory sweating in other areas after the surgery. A lot of times, this compensatory sweating post-surgery turns out to be more problematic than the primary issue. Such issues become permanent and is irreversible.

“In comparison to the ETS procedure, robotic assisted procedure provides a magnified 3D vision to the surgeon. This helps in the identification of these fine nerves (supplying to the sweat glands) which are subsequently cut with the precision of robotic instruments. The chances and severity compensatory sweating after surgery are very less. This is done only by very few surgeons across the globe. This is the first time such surgery is performed in India,” said Dr Shaiwal Khandelwal, Senior Consultant – Minimally Invasive & Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket.

With improved territorial connectivity, patients from this region can reach Max Hospital, Saket in a much shorter span of time. It has been an endeavour of the leading healthcare provider to ensure easy and speedy access to quality healthcare services for patients.

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