There are some professionals who go above and beyond what is expected for their chosen field. Dr Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has not only served as the personal pediatric doctor to the royal family of Saudi, he has also developed new methods to improve the care and recovery of children undergoing surgical procedures. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md
Having been a practicing pediatric doctor for more than 40 years, Dr. Saad Saad has had first hand experience with the issues children faced when going through surgery. These issues led him to develop a detection device for catheters.
A catheter is a small tube inserted into the body to help with some type of procedure. These tubes could be used to drain fluids, allow access for the insertion of tiny cameras or even to allow for the discharge of bodily gases. Catheter tubes need to be inserted into exact locations in order to have them function properly. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
They also need to be viewed when they are used with scopes with cameras. In the past, the traditional method determining the location of catheter tubes was an x-ray machine. The device created by Dr. Saad Saad uses electromagnetic energy to track the position of the catheter inside the body. This device works in connection with the magnetic material used to make up the walls of the catheter tubes. It not only reduces the risks associated with x-rays, it is also designed to be portable.
As an experienced pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad has performed endoscopy procedures on a number of patients who had swallowed foreign objects. Another beneficial invention of Dr. Saad Saad’s is a device used for irrigation during endoscopy procedures. An endoscope is a small optical device used to view different organs and tissues inside the body.
An issue that often occurred with the lens on the tiny cameras used for endoscopy, was the interference of body fluids. These fluids had a tendency to create a fog on the lens, making it difficult to see properly.
The invention by Dr. Saad Saad suctions or irrigates the area around the endoscopy tube to maintain clear visibility. Prior to the use of Dr Saad’s device, medical professionals had to withdraw and clean off the endoscopy tube when it became fogged. It then needed to be reinserted to continue with the procedure.
The creation of both the catheter detection device and the irrigation apparatus, have significantly improved the performance of many surgical procedures.