One of the most accomplished pediatric surgeons in the world is Dr. Saad Saad. During his profession, he has performed thousands of pediatric surgical operations mostly involving children aged between 6 months and 14 years.
Throughout his career, Dr. Saad Saad has always looked for ways of improving the existing methods of conducting medical procedures. He has consistently worked on changing the status quo by coming up with new methods of reducing risk and pain for patients undergoing surgical operations. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Saad_Saad.html and https://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/175114/Dr-Saad+A.-Saad-EATONTOWN-NJ.html
It is in the efforts of coming up with inventions that he has created two new devices which will make pediatric surgical procedures easy to carry out. For the past 40 years, he has worked on some complex pediatric surgical operations both in the United States and outside.
In the 1980s, he’s served in the Middle East as a private pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal family. He has also traveled to Jerusalem and West Bank on eight different medical missions that involved offering free medical care to poor children.
The Electromagnetic Catheter
The electromagnetic catheter is the first patented invention by Dr. Saad Saad. This device have a broad range of functions in the medical profession. During some treatment procedures, these tubes can be inserted inside the body. They are commonly used to drain fluids and gases as well as accessing other surgical instruments.
Due to some reasons, the catheter can be left inside the patient’s body able temporarily or permanently. When the catheter has to be placed inside the body, the surgeon needs to know the exact position where it will be fixed. In the past physicians have been using the x-ray or the MRI scanning machines to locate its position. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
However, these two options are not the best since they have disadvantages which make it harder for physicians to carry out the work. The x-ray is cumbersome to the physician as well as exposing the patient to radiations with might be unhealthy in cases of frequent scanning. The MRI machines are considered heavy and impractical to move around.
Faced by the challenges of using the above two options, Dr. Saad Saad decided to create a device that could locate the position of the catheter without the need for a scanning machine. He created an electromagnetic location identification device which could allow a catheter to be positioned inside the body without scanning.
The electromagnetic location identification device can be compared to the metal detector in that it is used externally to locate the position of an internally located object. Through this invention, doctors can give patients an opportunity to avoid the x-rays and MRI scans. The electromagnetic device is a small and portable device and can be carried around in cases of emergencies.