BJ Hetherington’s article “The Life Saving Medical Inventions of Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon” was recently published on the Medical Daily Times. The article discusses the recent inventions of Dr. Saad Saad, a pediatric surgeon with more than 40 years of experience in the field. He has done thousands of surgeries for children in his own community while also helping children in need abroad. Dr. Saad’s recent patents on the surgical devices are the latest in a long line of seeking to improve the experience of his patients. He wants to ensure that they have as little pain and risk as possible.
The first invention is an addition to the widely used catheter. Traditional catheters are placed directly inside the body to treat medical conditions or aid the surgical process. They are particularly useful in draining gas or fluid while providing access to surgical instruments. However, one issue with the catheter is that physicians need to make sure the catheter is placed in the exact location it needs to be in to perform correctly. Typically, doctors will use an MRI or an X-ray to determine the location of the instrument. However, the MRI is typically inefficient and impractical because it is a large machine that requires the patient to move from the surgical room to the location of the MRI machine. The X-ray can be dangerous because of the repeated exposure to radiation.
Dr. Saad sought to improve the ability of the doctor to locate the device without the cumbersome MRI machine and without the radiation exposure of the X-ray. His invention adds a location tracker device onto the tip of the catheter. It emits electromagnetic energy placed within the coil of the catheter. The doctors then use an external locator device that would be able to locate the precise location of the catheter by scanning the body. When the external device is illuminated, the doctors will now they have found the tip of the catheter. The device is small and easily portable. The doctors will not need to use guide wires when it is placed inside of the patient. Since guide wires can get stuck in the patient, having a tracker will prevent the hazard.
Dr. Saad also has a patent for an improvement on endoscopes. This technology is also widely used throughout surgical procedures to help doctors see what is happening inside the body of the patient without a scan and without surgery. It’s particularly useful to examine the stomach, colon, bladder, and the windpipe. However, it has a problem of maintaining the view if liquids or gas get in the way. Typically, the doctor would need to remove the device to remove the liquid prior to continuing the process. However, Dr. Saad’s invention would allow irrigation of the liquid or gas without needing to remove the endoscope. Learn more: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md