University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Appleton Family Finds Relief for Son with Autism After a Visit with Dr. Seth Dailey

Seth H Dailey, MD, associate professor of surgery at UW Health, is no stranger to autism. So when the Hanegraaf family saw him in clinic with their son Kade, he immediately related as a parent who saw a very difficult family situation, and sought to find the best solution for their son who produced sounds louder than a lawn mower more than 1,000 times each day. Dr. Dailey’s own son was diagnosed at two and a half years old and 8 months after he saw Kade.

Dr. Dailey performed an operation which separated the cartilage in Kade’s vocal cords, creating a larger gap for air flow and limiting the sound power. Kade can now enjoy school and leave home with his family to visit a restaurant or the grocery store. In a recent interview, Kade’s mother stated, “…we can handle him at a restaurant or in public now.”

The surgery, which is reversible, has mitigated Kade’s screams to about 90 percent less often and half the volume.

Read more about Dr. Dailey and the Hanegraaf family in the WI State Journal here.

To learn more about Dr. Dailey’s clinical practice and research at the UW Department of Surgery, please click here.