Thursday, 30 July 2009
Since we made major modifications to the Laser Sweat Ablation procedure, we have had 7 patients so far. All have had very good to excellent results to date. All have stopped sweating from their under-arms - so far the measured decrease in volumes are between 70% and 98% less sweat.
As far as this translates to everyday life, our patients so far have said that it has changed their lives as they now don't need to worry about damp patches and what they wear.
We have several more LSA operations coming up and will be presenting our results to medical societies later this year. We will also keep this blog up to date as to both successes and failures (if any).
Thursday, 23 July 2009
With page on the technique, risks and side-effects, costs, training etc, it should be a fairly comprehensive run through about our new technique.
We will continue to put FAQ's and new information up on that site regularly - but will out the results and the changes that we make up on this blog - as well as answering questions or comments.
If you would like to visit the Laser Sweat Ablation website, it is on www.LaserSweatAblation.co.uk.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
I have just seen another patient for her 6 weeks post LSA follow-up.
The pictures show both of her axillae (arm-pits) today.
The wounds are very well healed and will soon virtually disappear.
The iodine and starch test shows the starch stays white - any sweat would show up as black spots.
The skin has healed well and virtually all the lumps she had in the first couple of weeks have completely disappeared.
The only side-effect she has had at all is a slight numbness in the skin of the arm-pit. however she says this does not affect her at all.
The patient has been to several functions, including a family wedding in the hottest part of this summer, and not had any problems at all with under-arm sweating.
It was to stop sweating at this event that he had undergone LSA, knowing he was one of the first to have it - but was desperate not to let his axillary hyperhidrosis ruin the day.
Thanks to the success of the laser sweat ablation, he was able to enjoy the day without any under-arm sweating at all.
Monday, 6 July 2009
"It has been seven weeks since I underwent the laser sweat ablation procedure and I am truly thrilled with my results. Excessive underarm sweating was something that had bothered me for years, so when I heard about this new treatment I was keen to find out more.
After an initial sweat test to confirm that I had axillary hyperhidrosis, and a blood test to ensure that this wasn’t due to something more sinister, I had a consultation with Mr Whiteley to discuss the new procedure and other options available to me. The consultation was very informative and I was confident that this operation would potentially make a huge difference to my life.
The operation itself was conducted under local anaesthetic and I was made to feel very comfortable and well informed. An iodine test first identified the areas of sweating from which Mr Whiteley was able to establish which areas to focus on before conducting the procedure.
After the operation, my underarms were cleaned and dressed before I was helped into a compression garment which I had to wear for the following two days. After a few hours the anaesthetic began to wear off and my armpits were a little tender. I took paracetamol regularly for two days to help with the pain.
Two days after the operation, I went back into the Whiteley Clinic for a check-up. The nurses helped me out of my compression garment and my underarms were healing well, with only a little bruising. Over the next few days my underarms were feeling a little tight and sudden movements caused a tinge of pain at times. However the nurses explained that the tightness would go with a bit of encouragement from regularly moving my arms up and down and sure enough I had no trouble lifting my arms up a couple of days later.
I had another check-up the following week, during which Mr Whiteley and his team were really pleased with the outcome. My underarms were feeling fine, the bruising had almost gone, and most importantly I was no longer sweating from them. I was a little concerned about a few lumps that had developed but I was assured that these would go down with time, and they have.
I had one last check-up six and a half weeks after the operation, during which a sweat test and iodine test were conducted. Compared to my initial tests, the results were outstanding with evidence of only a trace of sweat.
I am really pleased that I made the decision to have this done and would certainly recommend the laser sweat ablation procedure to anyone who suffers from axillary hyperhidrosis. I have had no noticeable sweating since the operation and can now wear any colour of clothing without worrying about sweaty patches appearing!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Whiteley and his team for conducting the procedure, being on call for any queries I had and for being so caring over the weeks following my operation."
Friday, 3 July 2009
Anyone who has been following the story of LSA on my blog http://markwhiteley.blogspot.com/ will know that I had to make changes to the technique after our second patient.
His very small 3-4 mm wounds were fully healed. most importantly of all - he had no had any underarm sweating at all since the LSA procedure.
The tiny incisions have healed beautifully and are well on their way to disappearing.
When we measured the sweat production today, there was a 3 fold decrease in sweat produced from each arm-pit.
The iodine tests are shown here as well.
In the iodine test, brown iodine is placed on the skin and then white starch powder is sprinkled on the skin.
Areas that are dry stay white.
Skin that is still sweating goes black.
The only complication at all has been a slight reduction in sensation in the skin right in the middle of the arm-pit.
However the patient hasn't found this to be a problem at all.
Having analysed my results to date, I am certain that the changes that I made after my second patient have improved the outcomes of the laser sweat ablation procedure.
Therefore I am confident now that, using the new LSA procedure, I can give my patients the best chances of a good result with least risk of complications.