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Dr. Saad’s 40 Years as Pediatric Surgeon Enables Him to Improve on Surgical Devices

Medical Daily Times article titled “The Life Saving Medical Inventions of Dr. Saad, Pediatric Surgeon,” by BJ Hetherington reveals the recent improvements on several medical devices by the pediatrician Dr. Saad Saad. Dr. Saad is an accomplished pediatrician, specializing in pediatric surgery. He consistently seeks to improve upon the experience of his patients, hoping to improve existing technology and procedures. Not only has he performed thousands of surgeries on children and young adults in his community, but he also donates much of his time to children in need. He has gone on a variety of missions to help young adults across the U.S. as well as several trips to Jerusalem and the West Bank to help the impoverished children with complex surgeries they desperately needed.


However, the focus of the article is on the recent medical discoveries of Dr. Saad. He recognized a variety of problems within the instruments surgeons used and created two patents to help improve performance.


The first improvement is to the ubiquitous surgical tool of the catheter. It is used within surgery for a variety of reasons, namely to help drain fluids and gas during the surgical procedure. The major benefit of the catheter is that it can be left inside of the body, helping to treat a variety of medical conditions. However, several problems can arise because the physicians need to determine if they have placed the catheter in the right place within the patient’s body.


Prior to Dr. Saad’s invention, the only way to do this was through an MRI scan or with an X-ray. The X-rays can lead to overexposure to radiation for the patients while the MRI scanning machines are extremely large and difficult to move, making them impractical. Dr. Saad created a solution.


His improved catheter has a location device located on the tip of the catheter. It has an electromagnetic location device that will pulse electromagnetic energy to enable the physicians to determine the exact location of the device. While the device gives out the electromagnetic waves, the doctor scans the body with an external device. When the device in the doctor’s hand lights up, he will know he has found the tip of the catheter.


Dr. Saad has also improved upon the endoscope which is used widely throughout surgeries around the country. The endoscope is a machine placed inside the body that provides the doctor with a visual picture of what is occurring within the body of the patient. Because the body is full of liquids and gases, the camera on the endoscope can often be obscured. Typically, a doctor would need to pull the endoscope out to drain the liquid before he could continue with his observation.


Dr. Saad’s invention attaches an apparatus to the endoscope to enable irrigation and suction while allowing the endoscope to remain in the target area. This allows the endoscope to maintain its visual even as it removes the liquid. Learn more:

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