Dr. Saad Saad, is considered a legend in his own time within the bounds of pediatric surgery. Catheters, commonly used for medical procedures are often used for surgical patients. Although these are used frequently, they can be difficult to locate. Always looking for ways to improve upon common procedures, Dr. Saad Saad wanted to reduce the risk his young patients were subjected to when using x-ray guidance to locate catheters. Although a simple x-ray isn’t all that risky, continuous exposure can cause his young patients to get doses of radiation on a consistent basis.
His invention of a portable device to locate catheters is now viewed as one of the most ingenious inventions in pediatric surgery. Dr. Saad Saad is known for the invention of the catheter with integral electromagnetic location identification device. This device was intended to help surgeons locate catheters without the use of x-ray or MRI machines. Not only would this save them time, but it would reduce the patient’s risk of radiation exposure as well as the additional cost of locating their device with these machines. Scanning the patient’s body with an external device would make it easier and faster, and reduce the anxiety and discomfort of his young patients as well.
The second invention that Dr. Saad Saad is known for, is his anti-fog device on endoscopes. Using an endoscope allows a surgeon to take pictures with a small camera at the end of a thin tube once placed inside the body. Fluids inside the body can make it difficult for surgeons to see their ideal target area while in a procedure. Dr. Saad was responsible for converting the tip of endoscopes into a suction and irrigation device, aiding in improving their visual acuity during the procedure. His invention addressed this problem, making it easier for doctors to see and perform these procedures to the best of their ability.
Using endoscopes for looking inside the throat, colon, bronchial tubes and other areas of a patient’s body made it one of the best improves to medical devices known today. This improvement eliminated the need for removing the endoscope and replacing it with a suction tube to remove the fluids. One device would make it easier for the surgeons to see and reduce the time of the procedure as well as discomfort and time under twilight sleep or otherwise for the patients. Learn more: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview
Dr. Saad Saad practiced pediatric surgery for 47 years, and is now retired. His legacy is rich, and it’s a wonderful example to his adult children. Additionally, he remains an example to all who enter into pediatric surgery, and his patients are forever grateful for his hard work and dedication to his field.