As an accomplished pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad has performed pediatric surgery thousands of times. He is consistently searching for ways to improve the doctors current procedures and methods. This has resulted in the patents for two inventions and numerous new procedures for pediatric surgery. His first invention is a type of medical catheter. This is a tube used to help perform surgical procedures, treat medical conditions and is inserted into the body. A catheter drains fluids and gases and helps access surgical instruments. Some catheters can be permanently or temporarily left in the body.
The surgeon must be able to track the exact position of the catheter to make certain it has been placed in the right location. This requires an x-ray and does involve radiation. An MRI can be used instead but this option is impractical. Dr. Saad’s invention finds the catheter and eliminates the need for a machine scan. The device uses electromagnetic energy to find the catheter. This enables the doctor to locate the catheter using an external device. The device operates in a similar fashion as a metal detector. The doctor simply sweeps the patients body from the outside to ensure the catheter is properly placed. This eliminates the potentially hazardous use of guide wires. This invention is not widely used because the manufacturing procedure is complicated. There is interest in the device by a medical company in Utah so it may be used by physicians in the future. Learn more: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md
Dr. Saad’s second invention is an improvement for endoscopes. An endoscope is a type of optical device capable of looking into the body of the patient during surgery or an examination. This provides the physician with a picture of what is occurring in the body without requiring a body scan or surgery. The liquids produced by the body can interfere with an endoscope. The lens becomes fogged and obstructs the doctor’s view. An anti fog port provides suction to clear the view. This requires the endoscope to be removed so a suction tube can be inserted to remove the liquid. The endoscope is then reinserted.
The invention of Dr. Saad fits the endoscope with a device to remove any liquid blocking the doctor’s view without the need to take out the endoscope. The doctor uses the irrigation to clear their view during an endoscopy procedure. Dr. Saad has removed foreign substances including food, marbles and needles using an endoscopy thousands of times. Moving and readjusting the endoscope several times significantly lengthens the procedure. His device means the doctors eye can remain on the scope. This makes the procedure much easier. This device is inexpensive to manufacturer and is being used often by doctors.