Technology is marching on, and nowadays a lot of surgeries can be done by a surgeon in San Francisco on a patient in New York. Technology is leading us to a great place in this world, and things that were once perfectly frustrating, are now being ameliorated by the strides being made. Perhaps nothing was more upsetting than to place a catheter in a patient, then have to send that patient to x-ray to confirm that it was placed correctly, and insult to injury would come in the form of x-ray confirming it was placed incorrectly and having to do the placement procedure all over again. The x-raying of patients was the only way a lot of catheters and tubes, like NG tubes for example, could be confirmed for placement.
The costs of having to do a procedure once, with the added expense of an x-ray, and then having to do that procedure, and x-ray again, are just staggering. Some doctors have started thinking about ways to do things better, to save money, to put patients through less trauma and to make sure the first time a tube is placed, that it is done correctly. Dr. Saad Saad, a well-known pediatrician, has performed literally thousands of pediatric surgeries since he started practicing medicine. His desire to make things better, and to challenge the status quo, led him to develop key technology to make things better, and he has received patents for his work.
His first invention, the “Catheter With Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device,” are medical catheter tubes, which when placed in the body, can be tracked. This is without a doubt perhaps one of the most useful inventions as of late. Catheters and tubes can be placed for a short-time, like a procedure, or for longer periods of time. His intervention also takes away the risk that can be had from repeated exposure to x-ray radiation. This catheter works by using electromagnetic energy to figure out the location of the catheter. The absolute amazing ancillary benefit is this location device gives doctors the ability to simply scan the outside of a patient’s body to make contact with the catheter’s tracking device. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12
Dr. Saad also created a method for providing suction and/or irrigation for procedures where an endoscope will be used. Endoscopy is simply putting a scope in a person’s body to examine a particular area. Our bodies are full of fluids, and at times this fluid can occlude the lens of an endoscope. Dr. Saad’s very clever invention will suction out some fluid so as to be able to see, with greater clarity, the point-of-interest. This talented plastic surgeon has created 2 unique tools that will help millions of patients and doctors alike, not to mention save hundreds of thousands of dollars in negating the need for x-ray confirmation-of-placement of catheters and tubes.