It isn’t often that a surgeon comes along and improves upon the surgical practices of his specialized area. Dr. Saad Saad is the exception in this case, improving upon and refining the practices in pediatric surgery. Having performed thousands upon thousands of surgical procedures during the course of his career, he longed to find ways to reduce risks for his young patients. Reducing their pain was also one of his goals, and there were two inventions that he patented in order to bring this to fruition.
The first improvement and invention, was his portable device for locating catheters in the patient’s body. His Catheter with Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device was life-changing for patients and would save doctors time and frustration. Catheters can be used for many purposes, especially in surgery. However, locating catheters can be challenging once they are inside a patient’s body. The conventional way of locating them would be through the use of an MRI or x-ray machine. With Dr. Saad Saad’s invention, a lighted probe would clearly identify when the device helped to locate the catheter.
His second invention was for the purpose of using during endoscopy. The methods and apparatus for providing suction or irrigation would prove to be extremely beneficial in the realm of pediatric surgery. The goal was to be able to perform this procedure while having a clear view of the target area during a surgical procedure. It wasn’t always easy for surgeons to be able to do this without struggling to get a clear view. Using an MRI or x-ray would once again be the challenge while using an endoscope during a procedure. Learn more: https://about.me/ssaad/getstarted
The body, containing it’s own fluids, can be overwhelming for a doctor’s view during a procedure. The aid of the proper endoscope can make this easier for a surgeon. When the lens of an endoscope becomes fogged, it is nearly impossible for a surgeon to get a good look. Dr. Saad Saad re-invented the anti-fog application on endoscopes to also act as an irrigation and suction device. This would prevent doctors from having to remove the endoscope and replacing it with a separate suction tube. This means that it could reduce time under anesthesia, both good for the surgeon and the patient.
Dr. Saad Saad has been noted for his ability to solve problems, and come up with practical and innovative inventions that reduce pain and make procedures easier overall for both the patient and the pediatric surgeon. Dr. Saad Saad is now retired after 47 years of practice, and resides in New Jersey with his wife.