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Monday, July 15, 2002

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Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgeon Featured in Recent Issue of US News & World Report

NORFOLK, Va -- The July 22 issue of U.S. News & World Report, on news stands today, features Donald Nuss, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, and highlights the revolutionary procedure he developed to correct pectus excavatum (sunken chest syndrome). As part of its annual listings of the country's best hospitals, the magazine offers a feature on minimally invasive surgeries such as the Nuss Procedure. The Nuss Procedure, first described in surgical journals in 1997, is becoming the international standard of care to correct pectus excavatum, a depression of the sternum and anterior chest. Dr. Nuss developed the technique at Children's Hospital to replace a very extensive and invasive procedure that involved significant incisions as well as removal of ribs and cartilage. The Nuss Procedure features minimal slits on either side of the chest through which a curved steel bar is inserted to prop up the ribs and sternum. The bar stays in place for a minimum of two years. As compared to the invasive procedure, the Nuss Procedure causes minimal scars, virtually no blood loss, a much shorter recovery time and no need to remove bone or cartilage. Nearly 500 patients have traveled to CHKD from around the country and the world to have the surgery. Visit our pectus excavatum section for more information about the Nuss Procedure and to view the U.S. News & World Report articles.