Every parent wants what is best for their child. If it were possible parents would wish to spend every minute watching their child grow. However, that is impossible even for a stay at home parent, as some chores and duties must be attended to, thereby ensuring the smooth running of the family. Kids being curious creatures, it is during such times, that they go about putting everything in their mouths. As a result, this puts them in the danger of choking among other hazards.
If this happens, Dr. Saad Saad, a renowned pediatric surgeon from New Jersey who to date has handled over a thousand cases of foreign object removal, advises parents not to panic but instead perform various first aid measures. Dr. Saad first says that if a parent notices s their child has troubled breathing, is unable to swallow correctly or is continuously wheezing, they should perform the Heimlich maneuver or turn the kid upside down to see if the object pops out. If these methods fail, they should not try to scoop it out with their finger as this results to further blockage. Instead, they should let the experts handle it and rush the child to the ER where an X-Ray is carried out to determine where the foreign object is stuck. He goes on to add that unfortunately, most of the times, X-rays cannot detect all the stuck items which often results to an esophagoscopy or a bronchoscopy.
Some common foreign objects that he has removed in his career include peanuts, coins, hotdogs and even batteries. He, however, reveals that he has had weird encounters in his career. For instance, there was a time he removed a whole toothbrush from a 14-year old’s food pipe while during a different incident he removed a locket.
Thanks to his extensive career, Dr. Saad Saad has handled myriads of cases and has even come up with various inventions that have shaken and transformed the entire medical arena. For instance, he invented the anti-fog endoscope which makes it easy for all surgeons to perform surgeries without having to continually remove the endoscope from inside the patient’s body as the anti-fog port acts as a suction that sucks away any liquid that prevents the surgeon from viewing where he/she is operating correctly. Additionally, it is easy for him to determine when a coin was swallowed merely by looking at its color.
Removing foreign objects from a child’s windpipe calls for extra skills, care, and precision, characteristics Dr. Saad Saad has developed over the years making him the ideal go-to pediatric surgeon in New Jersey.
More on the doctor
Dr. Saad Saad is of Palestinian origin. He initially wanted to pursue engineering, but due to the high temperatures in Kuwait which one day caused him to suffer a heat stroke, he decided to study medicine. Dr. Saad attended the University of Cairo and where he received a medical degree with honors. This opened up the floodgates of opportunities as he had the chance to do his internship in England and later moved to the US where he did his residency with the US board-certified pediatric surgeon body, thereby becoming a US certified pediatric surgeon. Learn more : https://angel.co/saad-saad-2