The Doctors: Hammer Toe Surgery & Frey’s Syndrome Facial Sweating


The Doctors: Hammer Toes

Chenelle has never been happy with her feet, and she has had multiple problems with them, including the fact that her second toe is longer than her big toe. This common situation, known as Hammer Toe, causes the longer toe to be pushed back.

The Drs: Tailor’s Bunion

Podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh performed a surgery to shorten the toe. They dislocated it, and used an implant to fuse it back together. Dr. Sadrieh also repaired her Tailor’s Bunion. This Hammer Toe surgery is innovative and dramatically reduces the patient’s recovery time. He showed an animation that explained the surgery and why it is more successful than the previous procedure.


The Drs TV: Frey's Syndrome

If eating everyday foods makes your face sweat, you could have Frey's Syndrome.

Dr. Ali Sadrieh: Innovative Hammer Toe Surgery

Chenelle’s new toes were revealed on the show. Dr. Ali Sadrieh said that the recovery time is two to four weeks, and the results are much longer lasting. Before and after X-Rays showed the effects of the surgery. Dr. Sadrieh said that Chenelle would be wearing tennis shoes in two weeks.

Non-invasive options aren’t as effective as surgery, but can be effective short term solutions. Suggestions include Toe Splints. You can consult a podiatrist for other options or to learn more about your potential as a surgical candidate.


The Doctors: Facial Sweating Causes

Rochelle had her left carotid gland removed in 2001. Now she sweats alongside her removed gland anytime she eats. She says it’s embarrassing, especially around strangers. Dr. Andrew Ordon said he would perform an Iodine Starch Test to show that Rochelle has Frey’s Syndrome, which is commonly caused by a Carotidectomy.

The Doctors: Frey’s Syndrome Cures

Dr. Ordon explained that when Rochelle eats, she sweats and turns red instead of generating saliva. After prepping her, Dr. Ordon gave her foods that would typically generate saliva. With Frey’s Syndrome, your nerves are exposed and send signals to sweat glands instead of salivary glands.

The Drs: Frey’s Syndrome & Botox

Dr. Ordon’s test was positive, and he said that treatment options include medications and antiperspirants. A surgical option would reopen her original incision site to cover the interface between the exposed nerves and sweat glands. Another potential option is Botox, which has been used to stop excessive sweating in other areas of the body.


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