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Sanford Clinic Surgeon Performs First Nuss Procedure in South Dakota

The innovative Nuss Procedure to correct children with sunken chests (pectus excavatum) was performed for the first time in South Dakota on July 2 by Adela Casas-Melley, MD, pediatric surgeon of Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic.

Dr. Adela Casas-Melley
Adela Casas-Melley, MD of Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic

(Sioux Falls, SD)— The innovative Nuss Procedure to correct children with sunken chests (pectus excavatum) was performed for the first time in South Dakota on July 2 by Adela Casas-Melley, MD, pediatric surgeon of Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic.

Dr. Casas-Melley performed the procedure on a patient using the revolutionary and minimally-invasive Nuss technique. She used an implanted bar that will remodel the sunken chest wall over a two to three year period. Previous methods of correcting concave chests required hours of surgery, extensive recovery and resectioning of bone and cartilage.

“Patients like this child can benefit psychologically and physically from the Nuss procedure. For example, improving the chest wall improves heart output and posture,” said Dr. Casas-Melley. “There are many children being treated with the old system who would be better helped with the Nuss procedure. People need to know it’s available here in Sioux Falls.”

Pectus excavatum occurs in one of every 1,000 children. Physicians usually diagnose the chest disorder at birth with the funnel-shaped depression becoming pronounced with age, especially into puberty. In South Dakota’s first Nuss Procedure, Dr. Casas-Melley operated on a patient in the ideal age range of 14-17-years-old which is during the adolescent growth spurt.

For more information about Dr. Casas-Melley and the Nuss Procedure, call Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic (605) 333-7188.


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