Endoscopic Sympathectomy Helped Golfer
Austin Zeigler Get His Swing Back
Originally published Summer 2000

Austin Zeigler knows all too well what an effect hyperhidrosis can have on a person’s life. Austin is a junior at Davidson College where he is also a member of the golf team. He began suffering from this disorder of the sympathetic nervous system two years ago.

“I started getting ‘hot flash’ episodes,” said Austin. “From out of nowhere, I’d get sweaty palms and a facial flush. These episodes would last for minutes at a time, and would come and go a few times a day.”

College student Austin Zeigler returned to class just one week after undergoing endoscopic sympathectomy, and played in a qualifier golf match two weeks later.
Austin first underwent thyroid tests and, made adjustments to his diet in an effort to alleviate his condition. Yet he found no relief.

After reading an article in a golf magazine about hyperhidrosis, Austin began researching the condition on the internet and discovered that a surgical treatment existed. After talking again with his family doctor, Austin was referred to Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.

Initially, Austin tried medication which proved ineffective. After a thorough explanation of the surgical options, Austin agreed to undergo an endoscopic sympathectomy. His procedure was performed by Michael Cowan, M.D., and Craig VanDerVeer, M.D., of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Todd Heniford, M.D., co-director of the Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program at Carolinas Medical Center, and fellow Brent Matthews, M.D.

“This outpatient surgery is a great example of the new minimally invasive procedures that are possible today,” said Dr. Cowan, one of the only neurosurgeons in the country with fellowship training in endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques.

Austin returned to class just one week after the procedure, and played in a qualifier golf match two weeks after that. “I’ve had no problems with sweating since the operation,” said Austin. “I’ve had a little soreness, but recovery has been great.”

Endoscopic sympathectomy had an immediate impact on Austin’s life. “The sweating episodes were very distracting, especially in class or on the golf course. It was tough to focus on anything else. Of course, the more I thought about it, the worse it seemed to be. The doctors at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates made a big difference. Dr. VanDerVeer and Dr. Cowan are very professional, concerned guys.”

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