Saad Saad: Using Personal Experience to Create Innovative Medical Devices

For over four decades, Dr. Saad Saad has dedicated his life to pediatric surgery. During this period, he has made landmark inventions by continually tapping into his wealth of experience and vast knowledge in the field and beyond. Driven by the urge to ease the pain that many of his patients experienced during surgery, Dr. Saad invented various devices and medical procedures and patented them. By the time he retired, he had performed countless complex surgical procedures during numerous medical missions in West Bank and the United States and while working at Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Hospital and K Hovnanian Children Hospital in the United States. His revolutionary inventions, which reduce medical-related risks faced by patients, have challenged the status quo in medical practice and saved many lives over the years.

 

Revolutionary Inventions

 

Catheters serve vital medical functions. They save and support numerous lives daily. In addition to being used for surgical purposes, they can also be used to relieve the body of various fluids as part of treatment and recovery procedure. Despite their importance in medical practice, the process of tracking the location of traditional medical catheters after insertion into the body present medical risks due to the repeated use of X-ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. To overcome this risk, Dr. Saad invented a medical catheter that uses electromagnetic energy marker to track its location externally. He integrated an electromagnetic location identifier into the catheter to enable doctors to illuminate its location using an external detector. To make life easier for surgeons and medical practitioners, Dr. Saad’s invention comes with guide wires that helps the doctors to track the placement of the catheter safely.

 

Dr. Saad also patented a new suction device that he invented with the primary goal of helping surgeons during endoscopic surgeries. Traditional endoscopic surgeries are performed using a suction device that is easily clogged by body fluid. When suction tubes are clogged, the doctors are forced to remove and clean them before reinserting them back into the patient during a surgical procedure. This poses significant risks to the patient as it requires extended surgery time and difficulty in accurately reinserting the tube. Having encountered these problems during the numerous surgeries he performed as a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad created a suction-irrigation device. The irrigation component clears the doctor’s view during endoscopic surgery.

 

Education Background

 

Dr. Saad is a vastly experienced pediatric surgeon with a solid academic background. He graduated with honors from Cairo University with a degree in medicine after moving to the country from Kuwait where his parents had settled. Born in Palestine, Saad is well traveled. In addition to his time in England as an intern, he also served the royal family in Saudi Arabia before relocating to the United States to practice surgery. The bilingual pediatric surgeon is a board-certified professional who recently retired after 47 years of practice. Learn more: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad