The amount of compensatory sweating depends on the patient, the damage that the white rami communicans incurs, and the amount of cell body reorganization in the spinal cord after surgery.
Other potential complications include inadequate resection of the ganglia, gustatory sweating, pneumothorax, cardiac dysfunction, post-operative pain, and finally Horner’s syndrome secondary to resection of the stellate ganglion.

After severing the cervical sympathetic trunk, the cells of the cervical sympathetic ganglion undergo transneuronic degeneration
After severing the sympathetic trunk, the cells of its origin undergo complete disintegration within a year.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sympathectomy results in a significant interference in regulatory processes of the body

"ESB  (whether as ETS as ETSC or ELS) generally represents a substantial interference in regulatory processes of the body.  Therefore decision for this operation requires that previously conservative treatments were made. An ESB is therefore at the end of a treatment history, and never at the beginning." 
Dr. Christoph H. Schick, ETS surgeon, President of the International Society of Sympathetic Surgery (ISSS)  
text has been  translated by google from German