David Armstrong, M.D., FRCS, FACS, FASCRS, invented a new technology for hemorrhoid litigation that maximizes patient benefits.
In a procedure called rubber band ligation, the most widely used treatment for internal hemorrhoids, a rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid, which cuts off circulation. The hemorrhoid then withers within a few days.
Dr. Armstrong invented the TriView anascope, which allows visualization of three internal hemorrhoids at the same time as opposed to just one. The development of the TriView anascope and the ShortShot, a multi-band hemorrhoid ligator, allows for patients to have three internal hemorrhoids ligated at the same time, which provides quicker, easier and more accurate banding of the hemorrhoids.
With this new non-surgical technique, patients experience less discomfort, require fewer pain medications and have improved outcomes as compared to other conventional methods. The procedure does not require a hospital stay, allowing the patient to get back to his or her regular routine sooner.
“By avoiding surgery and minimizing discomfort and time off work, this technique is simple and cost-effective,” said Dr. Armstrong. “Studies have shown that rubber band ligation of hemorrhoids is more effective than other non-surgical treatments.”
Dr. Armstrong, a Gwinnett Medical Center physician, is board certified in colon and rectal surgery.