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Dr. Saad Saad, the Surgeon Who Developed Tech Solutions for his Craft

Surgeons know the struggles of their profession, as they have to be very precise with their movements, have to be quick thinkers, work in teams, and have to deal with intense pressure during their performances. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad

There are countless specializations in surgery, including general surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, and the list goes on. In all of them, there is a common theme that is seen over and over again: Innovative solutions and technology for surgery are always in demand.

Dr. Saad Saad, born in Palestina and raised in Kuwait, noticed this necessity for better equipment during his time as a pediatric surgeon. Having received his medical degree in Egypt’s Cairo University and completed his studies in England, Dr. Saad Saad would soon become a prominent surgeon and a very interested student of the history and practices of the craft.

It is true that ancient surgeons, even the greatest ones, did not have the wide variety of tools, machinery, and accessories that surgeons now have at their disposal, but the delivery of better equipment has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety of the professionals as well as provide better work conditions. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon

Having noticed this need for better tools and having worked as a pediatric surgeon himself, Dr. Saad Saad set his life goal to create an invention to help surgeons perform their operations and increase the rate of success of surgeries around the country and, hopefully, the world.

Saad immigrated to the United States many decades ago and has been living and working in the U.S. for most of his lifetime. He was married to a nurse, with whom he had beautiful children: Two became surgeons, one a lawyer, and the fourth one, an ICU nurse.

There is no doubt that Dr. Saad Saad inspired many people, professionals, and his family, but what were his inventions? Are they potential solutions to problematic situations surgeons face in their profession?

Yes, they are.

Dr. Saad noticed that medical endoscopes (optical devices that can reach internal organs, used to look at and inspect them from within) had the tendency to get blurry because of the liquids and gasses produced by the patient’s body. Dr. Saad Saad’s solution was to apply an irrigation and suction system to the endoscope. With this technology, surgeons can clean their endoscopes without having to bring them back.

The other invention was a way to keep track of catheters once they are inside the patient’s body without the use of X-ray. It is located with electromagnetic energy. Not having to use x-ray to track the catheter means that patients were not exposed to constant doses of radiation, which can be harmful.

Dr. Saad Saad developed not only two surgical inventions but also new procedures and methods for surgeons to learn and apply to have a better success rate. Both designs were patented by the government and are now available and widely used.