Dr. Saad Saad Dislodging Objects

Dr. Saad Saad earned his medical degree from Cairo University. After completing his education, he completed an internship in England and then moved to the United States where he became a pediatric surgeon. During the 1980’s Dr. Saad had the prestigious opportunity to serve at the King Specialist Hospital as the personal pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Arabian royal family. While he worked in this position, he had the opportunity to complete numerous types of surgical procedures including one on the youngest child to ever be admitted with an aneurysm. He served in this magnitude for over 4 years before he returned to the United States with his family. After returning to the United States, Dr. Saad was the co-medical director and surgeon-in-chief at the K Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. Recently, after a successful 47 years in the industry, Dr. Saad retired.


Throughout his career, Dr. Saad Saad has helped dislodge foreign objects from the esophagus of over 1,000 patients. He recently offered his advice on this specific topic. If you’ve ever spent time with a child, especially a toddler, you know that everything gets put into the mouth and sometimes, it gets swallowed. Many times, the object will pass through the food pipe and go through the digestive tract without any problems. However, that isn’t always the case, sometimes, the object can get stuck in the food pipe or even go down the windpipe, which are less than ideal.


Getting and object unstuck can be stressful. Often times, instinct tells us that we should use our finger to get the object out, however, this could not be further from the truth. Trying to dislodge an object with your finger can actually cause the object to get more stuck. Instead, according to Dr. Saad, if a child is less than 6 months old the best way to dislodge an object is by turning the child upside down, while they are upside down, tap on their back and, more often than not, this will allow the child to cough up the object. If the child is older than 6 months, the Heimlich will need to be performed. The Heimlich is done by standing behind the child, wrapping your hands around the child’s waist just below the rib cage, and then thrusting your hands into the abdomen. If these methods for removal don’t work, the child should immediately be taken to the emergency room.

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