The Life Saving Medical Inventions of Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Saad Saad is an accomplished pediatric surgeon who has performed thousands of pediatric surgical operations during his career. As a physician, Dr. Saad was always seeking to improve existing methods and procedures. He was constantly challenging the status quo to find ways to reduce pain and the risk his patients faced. As a result, he has patented two inventions and developed many new pediatric surgical procedures. For more than 40 years, he performed complex pediatric surgeries on patients both inside and outside of his community. Dr. Saad served his community in the United States but also helped children and young adults in the Holyland, to include four Medical Missions in the US and eight Medical Missions to Jerusalem and the West Bank to perform free complex surgeries on poor children. Dr. Saad personally holds the patents for both of his medical inventions.

Catheter with Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device (Patent Number 5,727,553)

Medical catheters are tubes which can serve a broad range of functions. Specifically, they are tubes which are inserted into the body to treat medical conditions or help perform a surgical procedure. They can provide access to surgical instruments, drain gases and fluids, as well as other tasks depending on the type of catheter. Certain catheters can be left inside the body, whether temporarily or permanently.

In order for a catheter to be put in the right location inside the body, surgeons have to be able to easily track its exact position. Traditionally, to see exactly where the catheter has been placed an X-ray is being performed . However, while a single X-ray does not put you at any significant risk of illness, frequent X-rays still expose you to repeat doses of radiation. Alternatively, you can have an MRI ( Magnetic Resonance Imaging ) performed instead of an X-ray to track the catheter. But MRI machines are large and not portable, making them an impractical alternative option.

That is why Dr. Saad decided to create a device that helps locate the catheter without any kind of machine scan of the patient’s body.

The catheter with integral electromagnetic location identification device works by utilizing electromagnetic energy to figure out the location of the catheter. The catheter tip itself houses magnetically permeable material inside the coil and  the catheter has a pair of wires inside its walls. This allows the doctor to use an external locating device to scan the outside of the patient’s body that it sends signals to the coil and the magnetically permeable material  Once the external device is over the catheter and is perpendicular to the catheter’s tip, an output voltage is created which passes through the wires to illuminate the light in the external locating device, letting the doctor know that the external locating device is directly over the catheter.

By comparison, this medical device works like a metal detector. The user of a metal detector can use it to sweep the ground to find metal located beneath. Similarly, a doctor can sweep the outside of a patient’s body until the tip of the catheter is located and the external locating  device is perpendicular to the catheter.

Dr. Saad’s invention allows patients to avoid X-rays and MRI scans to locate the catheter. This device is small, portable, and practical, allowing doctors to use it in the ICU in case of emergencies when there may not be time to perform a body scan to find the catheter. It also allows doctors to avoid using guide wires to track the placement of the catheter when the catheter is first inserted inside the patient. These guide wires can break and get stuck inside the patient, which is potentially hazardous.

Unfortunately, Dr. Saad’s catheter invention as described above  has not yet been implemented to be widely used. The manufacturing of the catheter invention requires complicated procedures, discouraging manufacturers from making it. However, a large medical company in Utah has shown interest in the  catheter invention device, so it is likely that the device will be used by doctors in the future. After all, it is a practical solution that makes life easier for doctors and keeps the patients safe.

Doctor Saad Saad patented catheter
Drawing of the patented catheter

 

Methods and Apparatus for Providing Suction and/or Irrigation in a Rigid Endoscope While Maintaining Visual Contact with a Target Area Through the Endoscope (Patent Number 5,725,478)

Dr. Saad Saad’s second invention is meant to improve the use of endoscopes. Endoscopes are optical devices that are used to look inside the patient’s body during an examination or surgery. Endoscopes can be used to look inside the throat, the windpipe , even the bladder, stomach , and colon. These can be extremely useful in providing the doctor with a visual picture of what is going on inside the patient’s body without surgery or performing a body scan.

Our body produces  full of liquids on the inside which can pose problems to endoscopes. These liquids can fog up the lens of the endoscope, obstructing the view of the doctor looking through it. To avoid this, the endoscopes anti-fog port is being converted into suction-irrigation device  to clear up the view. Without the invention of suction-irrigation device  the body liquids will obstruct the view. In this situation the endoscope has to be taken out and a suction tube has to be inserted in order to vacuum away the liquid. After the suction is performed, the endoscope has to be reinserted and the doctor has to find where they were at previously.

Dr. Saad’s invention addresses the above problem . The endoscopes that are used for bronchoscopy (looking at the lungs), esophagoscopy (looking at the esophagus), and sigmoidoscopy (looking at the large intestine) are being fitted with above device invention . The doctor looking through the endoscope can use this device to suck away any liquid that is hindering their view without having to remove the endoscope and the irrigation allows the doctor to pour fluid to clear the view and wash the area in front of the scope before sucking the fluid back to give clear view for the doctor during the endoscopy procedure .

Dr. Saad Saad personally attests to the useful features of this device. He has performed thousands of endoscopies during his career as a pediatric surgeon, helping remove any foreign bodies such as marbles, needles, stuck food, or whatever else a child may have swallowed or inhaled , from their body. Moving the endoscope and having to readjust the focal point when looking through the scope again can add significant time to the procedure. But Dr. Saad’s suction device makes the procedure easier because the doctor never has to move their eye away from the scope.

Because the suction and irrigation device is practical and is cheap to make, this invention is frequently used by doctors today. Like above  mentioned, Dr. Saad Saad has personally used this device on his patients with much success.

Doctor Saad Saad drawing of patented catheter
Drawing of the patented suction/irrigation device

 

Dr. Saad Saad Believes that Necessity is the Mother of Invention

When asked why Dr. Saad Saad decided to invent these two devices, he simply answered that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Both of his devices help doctors perform their tasks in a safer and more practical manner. By avoiding body scans and using a guide wire with an external locating device, and by avoiding having to take out the scope during an endoscopy, Dr. Saad’s inventions allow doctors to prevent needless complications and perform their tasks in a faster, safe manner.

Technology in the medical industry is constantly changing. Making the lives of doctors easier while keeping the patients safer is a win-win for Dr. Saad. It is great that he has used his personal experience to not only perform his duties as a surgeon, but to also create innovative devices that will only further revolutionize health care.

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49 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing the article about Dr. Saad.Saad is an accomplished pediatric surgeon who has performed thousands of pediatric surgical operations during his career.

  2. Human ingenuity never ceases to impress me. The catheter is such a simple device, but it’s used all over the world for a variety of reasons. There’s something incredible thinking that a man like Dr Saad devotes a part of his life to just improving the catheter. A million niche inventions will make the world that much better, and I applaud his efforts.

  3. I am preparing for an entrance exam for mch in pediatric Surgery. I was so sure about it until tonight so here I am in internet searching for inspiration that I would be able to handle it and so I came across this article. Thanks for bringing me back to rooting for my desire to be a pediatric surgeon.

  4. Wow, who had any idea that this sort of technology existed! It’s people like this that help the world go round and foster innovation for everyone else!

  5. Dr Saad is doing many great things in the medical field. This is a great article about his new patented medical procedure. Hopefully this will make procedures easier for many patients.

  6. Dr. Saad is doing good helping poor children get the help and surgeries they need. If it wasn’t for him they might not get the care they need. I wasn’t aware that you could leave catheters in your body permanently. Dr. Saad really has a lot of knowledge into this. This doctor’s inventions is amazing. He probably don’t realize the help he is really giving to people that need it. I hope the medical companies realize this and start using his inventions and ideas.

  7. As an ER nurse I feel the catheter would simplify as well as make this procedure much safer. Most patients that arrive at the ER are either injured or experiencing a serious medical condition. We find ourselves struggling at times to do a simple catheter insertion. The endoscope being developed sounds like it would also save time as well as improve the safety of the procedure by allowing the doctor(s) to have greater control over the device as well as the procedure.

  8. I never really thought about who invented these, that’s really cool! Way to go Dr. Saad! Very smart man. I’m a bit surprised I haven’t heard of him before. But I’m sure patients, doctors and the like are very thankful for these advances. Especially the patients, I would imagine it saves money haha! Good Article 🙂

  9. his treatment system and his invention is very idol for other doctors I think. and he always think to improve existing methods. its really good.

  10. Wow,what a informative and helpful article!I have learned a lot from this article about Necessity is the Mother of Invention,Methods and Apparatus for Providing Suction and/or Irrigation in a Rigid Endoscope While Maintaining Visual Contact with a Target Area Through the Endoscope,Catheter with Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device and may more topics.i think it is very necessary to know how to keep our health healthy and sound.If our health is good,then we will lead a better life.I always follow Dr.Saad’s advise.He is a very helpful doctor i must say.Thanks for sharing this article

  11. This is very informative and well described. It’s easy to understand all the points being made about Dr. Saad. I have looked up to him for years now and with him the best in whatever he does. I enjoyed it a lot and will share what I learned with all my friends.

  12. Dr. Saad is the type of person we need on this planet! As a global health major, the medical anthropological implications of his patent will be interesting to follow. I pray that we can find a way to produce the catheter easily and make it a worldwide innovation. I’m sure that the innovation will catch on eventually as we improve healthcare outcomes and let us hope that the treatment is affordable.

  13. Thanks for sharing this article about dr.Saad. I had read about his travels and upbringing but had never read about some of the advances he made in the medical field. Very insightful information and its people like him who make advances everyday that allow people to live longer. Its also his advances that allow visits to the doctor to be more enjoyable and less painful.

  14. I didn’t feel i am wasting while reading this article , thank you for sharing; this is really the kind of people we need very often to hear and read about, our children should take this man as an example in their personal a professional lives. Dr Saad is hard working person with Good heart, May God Bless Him.

  15. I didn’t feel i am wasting while reading this article , thank you for sharing; this is really the kind of people we need very often to hear and read about, our children should take this man as an example in their personal a professional lives. Dr Saad is hard working person with Good heart, May God Bless Him.

  16. Wow, Dr. Saad Is best person and best doctor to me. He invented so good things which helps us too much. Thanks For sharing this good article.I am waiting for next article. Because it is very informative article which helps us world widely.

  17. Wow, Dr. Saad Is best person and best doctor to me. He invented so good things which helps us too much. Thanks For sharing this good article.I am waiting for next article. Because it is very informative article which help us world widely.

  18. Thanks for posting the article The Life Saving Medical Inventions of Dr. Saad, Pediatric Surgeon. Dr. Saad is a very impressive Pediatric Surgeon who has accomplished so much in his career. I am looking forward to following his career from now on. Thank you for this informative article!

  19. The catheter is such a basic device, but its genius when you think about it. If it wasn’t for doctors like Saad there would be a lot more unnecessary suffering. Doctors should receive more praise for things like this. Great article. Im definitely going to research more about him.

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  21. Dr. Saad has contributed a lot to the world of medicine, and he deserves all the success he gets. We need more people like him.

  22. Dr. Saad and the two devices he created really are amazing. He is a fantastic pediatric surgeon who really had some quality ideas. He’s contributed a lot to the world of medicine and deserves to be recognized for it.

  23. Thanks for sharing this article about dr.Saad. Very insightful information and its people like him who make advances everyday that allow people to live longer. That’s really cool! Way to go Dr. Saad! Very smart man. I’m a bit surprised I haven’t heard of him before. But I’m sure patients, doctors and the like are very thankful for these advances. Dr. Saad really has a lot of knowledge into this. This doctor’s inventions is amazing. This is really amazing, thank you for sharing

  24. I’m surprised to learn about Dr. Saad and his contributions to the medical community. I especially impressed with the device he created to locate the catheter easily because constant use of machines or devices such as x-ray and MRI machines have been linked to cancer, and I hope it eventually gets implemented to be widely used.

  25. Great input Dr Saad! You are an inspiration to the medical community! We are lucky to have people like spend their life time achieving medical maricle that improve our communities and health.

  26. He has definitely made an impact on the medical world it seems. This device sounds like it would save time, and be equipped to help save someone’s life with effectiveness of just being able to find the location of the catheter without having to provide an x-ray. I’m glad there is people like him who choose to work in the medical field. They will definitely make a change.

  27. I have never heard of this doctor before, but after reading this article, I’m almost certain that this Dr. Saad could very well qualify as one of the contemporary medical practitioners continually innovating and inventing for the better of people everywhere. I was especially moved by his quote that ” necessity is the mother of invention,” and it does seem to ring with his situation and motivation to develop life-saving inventions. His impressive credentials further increase my support for this doctor, and I hope to see him continue his work in the future. Amazing, original, and unique article.

  28. wow.. amazing doctor. this article is really help to know about pediartic surgery. really helpful. he explain the main good points.great…

  29. The two inventions of Dr. Saad are really interesting and useful. The idea of not irradiating the child excessively or of not making the endoscopic procedure so traumatic is praiseworthy. I hope we achieve the massive production and use of these devices.

  30. Dr. Saad Saad is highly innovative. Currently reading about him he is clearly a very giving man if he wants to give his patients more comfort. You learn alot about cathedars that i wouldnt even have known. Its nice to learn about these things as i had surgery at the age of 16 and is still considered pediatric. This was a lovely and informative article.

  31. Well i believe that Dr. Saeed it qualified medical officer who not only cares about the patient but also has the ability to think beyond the box. His ideas and invention has really led to save the lives of people. He not only cares about the patient and but also increases the motivation for patients that do really need the care. Inventing new ideas that people feel comfortable is the way to get successful. Dr. Saeed has that ability and the hospital are proud to have him. Everyone should have a treatment with him at least once.

  32. Dr. Saeed has that ability and the hospital are proud to have him. Everyone should have a treatment with him at least once.

  33. As someone in the medical field myself, I know how important it is to have durable, accurate equipment – equipment that not only does the job, but manages to do so while keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.

  34. Wow,This is a very important article.It tells us the humanity of Dr.Saad.As well as the pediartic surgey.I often read these kind of articles.I really know this doctor well.

  35. Dr. Saad Saad , he is amazing i didnt hear about dr saad until reading this post
    i got a lot of things about him and his services for people and his magnificent
    Invention to the world. and i think his ideas and invention will occur to another life to live in the world .finally i would like to invite all who are watching this article
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  36. This is a great article about new patented medical procedure,Dr. Saad is amazing doctor doing good helping poor children get the help and surgeries they need. Dr. Saad is inspiration to the medical community!

  37. Dr. Saad is a blessing for mankind. Without his revolutionary inventions medical science would be far behind today. Keep inspiring us. Keep saving lives.

  38. Great article on Dr. Saad. He is a famous person and really inspirational personality. I personally loved him a lot. He is a legend in medical surgery . Dr. Saad is a real hero of humanity. Great wishes to my beloved Dr. Saad for his future works. May God Bless him and his beloved persons and allow him to work more for the humanity. long live Dr. Saad.

  39. This is incredible. The fact that this doctor is going beyond just his duty, to inventing things and changing the medical field is so great, and it’s an inspiration. I have so much respect for people like this. Those who really care about people and want to go above and beyond is what makes this world a better place for people. I love that he performed free surgeries in Jerusalem and West Bank. I want to learn more about this doctor and to keep up on what he’s doing in his field. The world needs more doctors like Dr. Saad.

  40. These things are incredible. It’s great that this doctor doesn’t just do his duty, but goes above and beyond his duty to change the world and inspire people. He makes this world better because of his work. I was so happy when I read he did free surgeries in Jerusalem and the West Bank. We need more doctors who really care about changing the world for the better. This article makes me want to keep up to date on what Dr. Saad is doing and to watch what he does. Thank you for your caring contribution to the medical field. Thank you for your invention to help people.

  41. Dr. Saad is doing good helping poor children get the help and surgeries they need. If it wasn’t for him they might not get the care they need. His ideas and invention has really led to save the lives of people. He not only cares about the patient and but also increases the motivation for patients that do really need the care. Inventing new ideas that people feel comfortable is the way to get successful. Dr. Saeed has that ability and the hospital are proud to have him. Everyone should have a treatment with him at least once.

  42. I can’t wait for Utah and other companies to mass distribute the catheter with integral electromagnetic location identification device, this device will end up saving the medical field lots of money and time. No more waiting or paying for and expensive MRI machine, they will be able to bring a portable X-Ray machine or bring them to an X-Ray machine. This is such a great invention.

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  44. really helpful. he explain the main good points.great…wow.. amazing doctor. this article is really help to know about pediartic surgery

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