Surgery is difficult. It’s not the exact science we like to think of it as. The parts of the human body are often very small and don’t sit in the exact same place in everyone. For pediatric surgeons these problems are worse. Often a child doesn’t have the experience to describe a pain or feeling as succinctly as needed. This makes surgery on children a unique specialty.
Doctor Saad Saad, born in Palestine but raised in Kuwait, is a world-renown pediatric surgeon. He once performed an operation on the youngest child to be brought in with an aneurysm that was broadcast to experts across the world. His opinions on whether or not to operate are widely sought after in pediatric medicine. He has served as Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief before as well as spending a decade as the personal pediatric surgeon to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. He received his education in Cairo, England and the United States.
As a surgeon operating on children Doctor Saad Saad was, prior to his retirement, always seeking new methods and equipment to make the surgeries easier for doctor and patient alike. During his career he patented two main techniques and new equipment.
The first is a device and technique widely used today. While using endoscopes on his patients Dr. Saad was bothered how much wasted time for the doctor and unnecessary irritation for the patient was involved when suction was needed. The endoscope would need to removed, a suction device inserted and removed and then the endoscope needed to be put back in. It was inefficient and could cause irritation for the patient. So Dr. Saad developed a small, dual-purpose device that could perform both functions. It is basically an endoscope with a small, separated tube for suction. the endoscope camera is also self-cleaning, meaning the procedure is much faster and easier on the patient where this device is in use.
His second device is not as widely used due to some technical limitations. He developed a new type of catheter tip that can be found with great precision, as opposed to the guesswork method usually used. The catheter tip gives off a specific signal that can be detected with a second device used outside the patient. These two devices used in conjunction act as a metal detector analogy for the catheter tip inside the patient. This way the process of inserting the catheter is faster and much more precise.
This device uses expensive electronics that are not yet cost-effective to use for hospitals. There has been some tech sector interest in the idea and a firm in Utah has recently attained the rights to develop the device, hopefully at low cost. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saad-saad-524707159/