The Bandit Ligator
The Bandit is a non-sterile, single use, multi-band
applicator for the treatment of internal haemorrhoids. The
multiband system offers an alternative choice to current single
band devices by providing the user with a preloaded product with 5
bands. This dramatically reduces procedure times and discomfort to
Haemorrhoids are incredibly common; over half the population will
suffer with them at sometime in their life. If the condition
becomes severe then one option is surgery. A common procedure is to
put a tight band around the pile until it scars and drops off
(ligation). Previously the operation was carried out with a single
use, single application ligator. The use of a single band ligator
was often time consuming and uncomfortable for the patient as
multiple banding was usually required.
Mr Noaman Mihssin, a surgeon from South Devon Trust came up with
the concept of a multi band ligator. The advantages of which are
that there is no need for assistant to load bands; reduced
procedure time and less discomfort for the patient. Using a multi
band system, rather than several single band systems for each
operation also would lead to cost savings for the Trust.
Mr Mihssin, saw the potential of the idea to be commercialised and
patented the concept. He also made contact with Solar Medical ltd,
a manufacturer of medical devices. Solar Medical agreed to licence
the concept and provide a royalty back to the Trust and Mr Mihssin.
The agreement was signed in July 2006 and the new multi band
ligator is now available to the market. For more information visit
The role of NISW
NISW helped Mr Mihssin to formalise the licence agreement with
Solar Medical. NISW also assisted with mechanisms for the
administration of the royalties from Solar Medical to the Trust and
Mr Mihssin. Following the success of the Bandit, NISW, Mr Mihssin
and Solar Medical are now working on another device that will be
available in the New Year.