New Jersey’s Dr. Saad Saad Creates Two Surgical Inventions

Dr. Saad Saad was a notable pediatric surgeon up through the day he retired. He had performed thousands of operations during the course of his career, many of them highly complex. He always tried to improve the methods and procedures involved with pediatric surgery. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad

The goal was to reduce the pain his patients were in after surgery and to eliminate the risks they faced such as infection. Originally from Palestine, he spent most of his 40-year career in New Jersey.

He also performed surgery in other countries such as traveling to Jerusalem on Medical Missions where he would perform surgeries in that city as well as on the West Bank. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and Dr. Saad Saad | Crunchbase

One of the inventions Dr. Saad Saad came up with was an improvement on the medical catheter. Medical catheters are used for a variety of purposes such as draining fluids and giving access to other surgical instruments. They are sometimes left in the body after a surgery, either temporarily or permanently. When this is the case their location needs to be kept track of.

The problem of keeping track of where a catheter is in the patient’s body is that the patient needs to either be x-rayed or put into an MRI machine. X-rays involve radiation while MRI machines are big and stationary which makes using them to locate a medical catheter pretty impracticable.

Dr. Saad Saad came up with the idea of electromagnetic location identification device inside of these catheters. The doctor just waves a radiation-free monitor over the area where the medical catheter was placed and they can pinpoint its precise location.

The device that Dr. Saad Saad invented is practical to use as it is small and portable. Patients aren’t subjected to multiple x-rays and so patient safety is higher. He has said that he is working with a Utah-based medical devices firm to manufacture his invention so that it can achieve widespread use.

Dr. Saad Saad also improved the endoscope. These are an optical device that surgeons use to see inside a person they are operating on. The problem with these is that the human body is full of liquids which can cause issues with endoscopes such as fogging them up.

Endoscopes have an anti-fog port incorporated into them but they still need to be taken in and out of the body while surgery is going on.

He solved this problem by putting a device in an endoscope that sucks away liquid that is obscuring the surgeon’s view. Dr. Saad Saad says this eliminates the need to continuously remove and insert the endoscope leading to less pain and complications for the patient. Many surgeons are now using his modified endoscope.