Does an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) hurt?

Although ETS is a minimally invasive procedure, there is some pain associated with it. Typically this is localized to the site of the incisions or to the nerves adjacent to the incisions and resolves within days of surgery. There is also some generalized chest discomfort that resolves in a day or two. Most patients return to full activity within several days of surgery.

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