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You may need to stay in the hospital overnight after your surgery. You may also experience pain for a week or so. Your health care provider may prescribe pain medication to help ease your discomfort.

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Surgery to treat excessive sweating should only be done as a last resort, when other, less-invasive methods have failed. Before surgery, you may want to consider:

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