Dr. David H. Nielson MD is a board certified Cardio-Thoracic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas with 17 years of experience. Dr. David Nielson has performed over 6,000 procedures. Graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1989.
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Awards & Recognition
Patients’ Choice – 2012 (rated and awarded by patients)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2011
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Raynaud’s disease of the hands
- Facial Blushing
- Facial Hyperpyrexia
- Compensatory sweating
- Lung tumors
- Micro ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy)
- Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
- RFA (CT guide Radio Frequency Ablation of lung tumors)
- SDLA Subdermal Laser Ablation for excessive sweating
CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Medical Association
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Texas Medical Association
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
American College of Surgeons, Diplomat
Bexar County Medical Society
Medical School – Temple University School Of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
Internship Hospital – Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia, PA.
Residency Hospital – (General Surgery) Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia, PA.
Fellowship Hospital - (Cardio thoracic surgery) University Of Missouri Hospital – Columbia, Missouri
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
United Health Care
HOSPITALS WHERE DR. DAVID NIELSON CAN ADMIT PATIENTS
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital
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Metropolitan Methodist Hospital
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North Central Baptist Hospital
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Dr. David Nielson Reviews on ExcessiveSweatingBreakthroughs.org
I had suffered at least 8 years with head, face, scalp sweating. When I was in my 20s I had developed agoraphobia..I could not leave my apartment..I am 5 foot 6 with a then abusive husband. My weight was 95 pounds as we lived in his parents motel at the time. Agoraphobia...didnt know there was a name for it. I made myself well, and it was hard. Now at 60 my life gradually stopped because of so much sweat...buckets of hot salty stinging heat burned my eyes...blinding my vision. I could not wear make-up..my hair was falling out..and along with the sweating I had tremors. I was at the end of my tether..only now can I say I would not be alive if it hadnt been for Dr. Neilson..yes it was that bad. Worst of all my 5 mile runs on the Jersey Shore stopped..my swimming in the olympic size saline pool at The Atlantic Club had to stop. I would dry my hair after my shower...it never dried..soon as I walked out the door I was a puddle...and I got tired of people asking me if they should call 911..Dr. Neilson and his staff saved my life..right out of surgery I was cured!!! Not once after that did I sweat anywhere on head..face or scalp!!! Unless you have this dis-ease..you have no idea of the total destruction this plays on your very soul. My surgery was March 5th...the compensatory sweating is NOTHING im worried about..I finally have a life..Dr. Neilson..you are the best!!. In fact..after my follow up the next day..we called a cab (big cabs in Texas)..from the Drs office and he told us how he loved picking up people from this office because everyone seemed so very happy!..I do not believe in coincidence..but I was lead to him by a higher power..THANK YOU..THANK YOU..THANK YOU...BLESS YOU..if there is anything I can do for you just let me know..its fine to give my number to anyone suffering from this....in love and light....Rebecca Millard.....HI AMY!p y7
I would state that it was 100% effective!
Dr. Nielson, I want to let you know how pleased I am with the results! I fully expected that after the surgery my hands would be warm and dry. What I didn't expect was that my feet would be dry as well. After spending 20 years (since I was 15 years of age) obsessing about how cold and wet my hands were it is hard to believe that they are so warm and dry. I spend a great deal of time just looking at my hands and thinking how easy it was to complete the ETS surgery and the process leading up to the surgery. Dr. Nielson and his staff were incredibly informed and helpful. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical that it could be this easy. After all, I found out about this surgery via the Internet. I researched other sites, talked to the dermatology department at Johns Hopkins, even talked to Dr. Nielson's staff many times. Let me tell you that it was better than I could have ever expected. As for side effects, they are so minor it is almost not worth mentioning. I experienced minor pain after the surgery--almost like I had a slight muscle pull in my rib cage. I never had a need for the pain killers. It was gone after the second day. I felt like I was ready for full athletic action after a week (but I kept my promise not to work out for two weeks so tomorrow will be my first day back at the gym). I experienced some "phantom" sweating the first and second day--I was feeling those sensations that meant my hands were about to start sweating but they remained dry. The third day I actually did experience some minor rebound sweating--slight moisture in the left palm and on the fingertips of my right hand. They literally dried-up the same day. It appears as though my compensatory sweating is occurring just below my pectoral muscles on the front and on my back. This is not a big deal. It only occurs at times when my hands and feet would have been sweating. In fact, I used to sweat behind the knees and in the groin area and this is now gone as well. Again, thank you Dr. Nielson and thank you to the entire staff. The ETS surgery is a wonderful thing and I would recommend it to anyone looking to solve their hyperhidrosis and Raynaud's. I would state that it was 100% effective!
Thank you so very much for the blessings of the surgery for my daughter. Your skill has brought enormous happiness to her and to so many others.
I have a NEW Husband :)
I would like to thank you for everything you've done for us. Thanx to you I have a new husband. He is the happiest man on earth. Thanks to you we can move forward and have a family You are a blessed man. Thanks to you he was reborn again. I really have a lot of appreciation for helping us. I can keep writing but I'm going to end by saying Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you. I'll never forget you.
Happy to have "normal hands"!
I cannot thank you enough for the positive change your surgery has brought to my life. I am only beginning to get used to how wonderful my "normal" hands have become. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities this surgery has provided me with.
Dr. David Nielson has forever changed my life for the better.
I started sweating horribly on my hands and feet when I was in 5th grade..they were ALWAYS wet and ALWAYS ice cold. I struggled with it through Junior High, and it was especially hard to deal with it in High School. I was always so embarrased to hold or shake anyones hand, I couldn’t wear cute sandals and shoes like the other girls, my papers in class always curled up..it was just a nightmare! I swear I would’ve done ANYTHING to rid myself of this disease. I tried everything and nothing worked. I had always wanted this surgery done but my parents simply couldn’t afford it. When I was 19 I got engaged to my husband . I wanted more than anything to be able to have dry, warm hands on my wedding for my husband to be able to hold my hand on that special day and not have to worry about anything. My mom and Dr. Nielson negotiated a price and I was able to get the ETS surgery done..9 days before my wedding! It honestly was one of the best days of my life. I could wear sandals freely, shake and hold peoples hands. It was so wonderful! Unfortunately, I was one of the rare cases and 3 years later my nerves regenerrated while I was 7 months pregnant with my son. I was SO upset about it but I was able to have the ETS surgery again...my insurance covered EVERYTHING! Don’t let that scare you though, Dr. Nielson told me that it is not common at all, but that I just happened to be one of them. Everything is going wonderful now and I am able to do the things I wasn’t able to do before. Dr Nielson and his staff are a GOD SEND and I am so thankful for everything they have ever done for me!! If you are suffering from this horrible condition and want to be free of it, this is the place to go! They will change your life for the better
I had ETS by Dr. Nielson for facial blushing and cold hands almost 7 years ago. Every now and then I think I should send you a note to say what a difference it has made in my life, but then I forget. I haven’t had to deal with these problems since my surgery and I hardly even think about it now. What a wonderful thing!? In really hot weather my back sweats and when I eat certain foods (not many..mostly very sweet desserts) I feel like part of my face is clammy—these side effects (I believe they began after the surgery) are just enough to remind me of what I had to deal with before surgery and make me appreciate how much easier my life is now. Thank you!
You have blessed our “Golden Years”
About one year ago my wife and I came to your office for the Micro ETS procedure. I had completed the research and made the decision to have the procedure, but all contacts were completed by phone, email, or by mail. We had never been to San Antonio…
After several months of research learning the “good and bad”, we took a leap of faith.
Today I can report that the procedure was very successful for the then sixty-nine year old patient. My facial and head problems have been completely corrected and it has certainly relieved me of embarrassing situations and permits us to participate in many new activities and make new friends.
I have no side effects worth mentioning. I think there is some compensatory sweating if the surrounding temperatures are high, but seldom is this a problem that cannot be easily handled. This note is just to say thanks to Dr. Nielson and his professional and compassionate staff for the way I was treated, the skill exhibited in the procedure, the courage to recommend this treatment to even someone my age (knowing it might not work to the satisfaction of 100% of your patients), for pointing out the risks and possible side effects…and then leaving the decision to my wife and myself. Were we a little anxious? Yes. Would we do it again? Yes. Would we recommend Dr. Nielson and his staff? Without question. Thanks more than I can say. You have blessed our “golden years”
I am so glad I had Micro ETS
I am so glad I had this done (Micro ETS). I am a totally different person. Now I have confidence. I actually want to go up and shake people's hands.
Dr. Nielson thank you so much.
Highly Recommend Dr. Nielson
Some things are a given. We live with them, and we go on.
I have always had cold hands. It is never occurred to me that it was a disease or that it had a name or that it could be corrected. It was a given.
But about nine months ago I developed carpal tunnel syndrome and found a marvelous hand doctor who prescribed wrist restraints, limited hand usage, and a medication which resulted in warm, pink hands and feet. My wrists corrected themselves but as a side effect to the medication, my hair began to fall out. We stopped the medication, and my hands and feet returned to their cold blue and white state.
About 2 months ago my hands, especially the right, began to weaken. I returned to the wrist restraints, but felt that carpal tunnel was not the problem because my wrists felt fine. My hands were so cold that when I walked inside on my treadmill I wore gloves. My fingers were numb, I could not close my right hand, spasms would shoot from my middle and ring fingers up my arm to my armpit when I tried to write a check, hold a fork or a newspaper. Cutting my food was nearly impossible. It was painful to push a grocery cart. Hooking my bra was excruciating. I would awake several times during the night my hands severely numb and in pain. My fingers were so numb that I could not feel a hair brush, a mascara wand, my own face! Something must be done.
On a Wednesday I made an appointment with my hand doctor who told me to call Dr. Nielson's office to schedule micro endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for my Raynaud's' Disease. I phoned his office the next day, Thursday, setting up the surgery for the following day, Friday. I did not have surgery for any other reason than that I was in pain and had been in worsening pain for as long as I could bear. I awoke from surgery with right and left middle finger temperatures already risen from 30.0 & 23.0 degrees centigrade respectively to 36.0 & 31.0. I can close my hands. They are not numb. There are no spasms. I can feel. And they are pink and warm, a bonus I had not expected to be so marvelous. I have had not pain from the surgery. My bottle of post surgery pain pills has gone unopened. The tiny incisions are only tender when touched, and the slight bruising has all but disappeared in the ten days since my surgery.
My right hand still has a little tingling in the middle and ring fingers, and I return to my hand doctor for nerve testing and reevaluation tomorrow. But I can brush my teeth. I can zip my pants. I can hold the newspaper. All this without pain. I have feeling in my fingers. I can feel the things I touch. I can tell when water is hot or cold. I can feel my own face. And I can feel my husband's face also. I have had a lot of blessings in my life but none any greater than the results of the endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. “How caring the staff was to realize my distress and arrange the surgery