Throughout Dr. Saad Saad’s career as a pediatric surgeon, he was always looking for ways to make the procedures he was performing better and safer. He wanted to reduce the pain and the medical risks that his young patients were facing. This resulted in Dr. Saad Saad creating and patenting two inventions during his career as well as creating several new procedures related to pediatric surgery.
A Better Catheter
Catheters are a very commonly used medical device. They are tubes with many different functions that are used to treat different medical conditions and help with surgical procedures. Dr. Saad Saad improved the traditional catheter by creating one that can be tracked without the use of radiation and bulky equipment. This was done by placing electromagnetic markers on the tube that made it easier to track.
The tip of the catheter is easily located by a device that scans the patient from the outside of their body and responds once the device is over the tip of the catheter. The function of the invention is rather similar to a metal detector in some aspects.
While Dr. Saad Saad’s invention has not been widely implemented yet due to the relatively complicated methods involved in manufacturing, there has been interest shown by a company in Utah that specializes in medical equipment. It is expected that it will be used by doctors in the near future.
Better Suction and Irrigation for Endoscopes
Endoscopes are essentially cameras on the end of a tube that allow doctors to look inside the patient’s body without being extremely invasive. They are commonly used in the windpipe, stomach, bladder, and even the colon. A large problem with endoscopes is the obstruction of vision due to the contents of the body. The liquid in the body can blur or completely obstruct the view of the camera because of the fog it creates. While endoscopes have an anti-fog port, Dr. Saad Saad converted this into a device that provides suction and irrigation to clear the view more effectively.
Prior to the invention of this endoscope attachment, doctors had to use a separate device for irrigation and suction.
Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon our of the Eatontown, New Jersey area. With over 42 years of experience, he has helped thousands of patients during his career. Dr. Saad Saad graduated medical school in 1971 from Cairo University. Along with his traditional education, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American College of Surgeons. He is affiliated with the Monmouth Medical Center and the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. In 2014, Dr. Saad Saad earned both the Patients’ Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition according to Vitals.com. Learn more: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad