Two Patents, Dr. Saad Saad, and the Future of Surgical Practice

Dr. Saad Saad was a USA board certified pediatric surgeon and prior to his retirement, was the Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Medical Director of the K Hovnanian Children Hospital with the Hackensack Meridian Health Care System. Born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait, Saad obtained his medical degree at Cairo University in Egypt. He would later complete his internship in England and immigrate to the United States. Mentoring under Dr. H Biemann Othersen, whom he labeled as the best pediatric surgeon ever to practice in the American medical system, Sadd found his home in Charleston, South Carolina and the future of his medical career began. Upon his retirement after forty years of practice, Saad holds the patent on two medical devices that were designed to reduce the risk and pain associated with the complex procedures he would often undertake.

Catheters are an essential instrument for surgeons performing a wide variety of medical procedures. Their main purpose is to provide access to other surgical equipment as well as draining gases and liquids when a surgical procedure is taking place. Depending on the medical condition that the patient is experiencing, the catheter can be a temporary instrument or a permanent fixture. Positioning the catheter is vital in its implementation. Commonly, an x-ray or MRI scan is used to track the catheter and alert the surgeon of its location. These machines are large, unpractical for field use and or emergency-type situations. Dr. Saad’s instrument was designed to include a location device inside the catheter’s housing to provide the surgeon with the exact location of the catheter’s position. Refer to the article explaining Dr. Saad’s Catheter with Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device for more information on the exact specifics of the catheter’s functions. While this instrument greatly reduces the risks associated with radiation and other harmful elements associated with the scanning techniques currently being used, the high costs associated with manufacturing have held the catheter back form mass production. It is noted that a large, Utah-based medical manufacturing company has shown interest in Saad’s invention and are looking to introduce it into the mainstream surgical practice in the near future.

The second device that Dr. Saad holds a patent on is an add-on feature to the endoscope, which is an instrument used to probe the body without having the patient subjected to evasive surgical procedures and or imaging from scanning. Often during a procedure, the body’s natural gases and liquids will pose immediate problems to the endoscope’s function. The surgeon will have to remove the endoscope and insert another instrument to remove and or suction out the gases and liquids responsible for the obstruction. They will then have to reinsert the endoscope and continue on with the examination. Dr. Saad’s invention combines the suction technique with the dispensing of cleansing fluid, eliminating the surgeon’s need in removing the endoscope when an obstruction becomes present. The accompanying paragraph under the title Methods and Apparatus for Providing Suction and/or Irrigation in a Rigid Endoscope While Maintaining Visual Contact with a Target Area Through the Endoscope explains the procedure in greater detail. The relatively inexpensive cost of manufacturing this instrument has led to wide-spread use and availability for many surgeons in the industry. Learn more:

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