Dr. Saad Saad On How to NOT Swallow Objects
A member of the Royal family of Saudi Arabia and 40 years of experience as a doctor, Dr. Saad Saad, a pediatric surgeon who excels in removing objects from the food pipe and the windpipe. He has treated over 1,000 children by removing foreign objects from the throat. He has experience of operating simple procedures to complex surgeries on children as well as adults.
Consequences of Swallowing A Foreign Object
Kids are not completely aware of their surroundings and it is natural for them to put objects in their mouths, which sometimes leads to accidental swallowing. Usually, the object goes down into the stomach, but sometimes it can get stuck. Symptoms that can be observed are wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing and swallowing. The most common objects that get stuck while swallowing by a child are coins and peanuts, with the former in the food pipe and the latter in the windpipe.
A kid less than six years of age can be held upside down by the legs while patting on the back and the object normally pops out. Heimlich technique is for children above the age of six. Standing behind the child with arms tightly around their waist, thrusting towards the abdomen just below the rib cage. In case the object remains stuck, the child should be taken to an emergency ward. It is a wrong practice to pull out an object using fingers, as it can push the object further down leading to complication.
The first action in the emergency room is to do an X-ray of the affected region. X-rays are not reliable enough when it comes to detecting peanuts or similar small objects. In case X-ray results do not solve the problem, a bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy are performed.
Endoscopies are optical devices inserted with the help of cables to detect a foreign object. Esophagus and trachea produce a lot of fluid which hinders the observation of the doctor. Dr. Saad Saad invented a better way to tackle the fluid issue compared to the traditional vacuum procedure. He converted the anti-fog port into a suction and irrigation port thus preventing the re-adjustment of the endoscope for cleaning of accumulated fluid.
Dr. Saad Saad’s List of Hazardous Substances
The first object is a battery. Most of the times, batteries are within the reach of children. Batteries from watches, calculators are very small in size and pose high chances of being swallowed accidentally. A battery leakage when inside the body could severely harm the esophagus/stomach.
Secondly, peanuts are small and have higher chances of getting stuck in the windpipe of a child. Fluid in our lungs expands the trapped peanut thus increasing the blockage.
The resolution to this issue is to repeatedly teach them not to do it and to be alert during their playtime and keep a track of siblings and friends in the surrounding of your kid.
Some Personal Accomplishments
Dr. Saad had a collection of foreign objects in his office. Each of them removed by him throughout his career. He has treated many children who swallowed coins and now can predict the duration of stay of the object inside the body just by looking at the color of the coin.
A toothbrush is unlikely to be swallowed but very unlucky few have struggled with it. Dr. Saad Saad treated a 14-year-old girl who was unaware of swallowing any object. Dr. Saad insisted on performing an X-ray and he was right. The toothbrush was removed safely. He once recovered a fallen tooth from the windpipe of a 6-year-old girl.
The art of recovering a foreign object stuck after swallowing requires steady hands and years of expertise which Dr. Saad Saad gained over his long career. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12