|[September 05, 2013]
Cook Medical Announces LithAssist™ to Streamline Stone Management and Treatment
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --(Business Wire)--
Medical has a new device to simplify percutaneous nephrolithotomy
(PCNL) procedures, during which physicians break up and remove large
kidney stones, or can use it in the bladder to break up large bladder
stones. LithAssist™ combines suction control and provides access for a
laser fiber. It is the first device globally to provide suction control
and laser fiber access. Approximately 67,000 PCNL procedures are
performed each year in the United States, and 466,000 are performed
Cook Medical Announces LithAssist to Streamline Stone Management and Treatment (Photo: Business Wire)
Prior to the availability of LithAssist, an assistant controlled suction
by kinking a tube, similar to how one would stop water flow from a
garden hose. LithAssist allows physicians to control suction more easily
durin the procedure. The ergonomic handle allows the physician to
position the laser fiber and suction with one hand. Not only does this
synchronize the procedure by giving the physician more control, but it
also can free an assistant to help with other aspects of the procedure.
LithAssist works with any holmium laser, so hospitals can use their
current equipment and don't have to purchase any additional capital
"Our goal for this product is to help physicians use their lasers for
PCNL procedures in a simple way," said Jean-Marc Creissel, global leader
of Cook Medical's Urology division. "Streamlined procedures are
beneficial for the physician, the hospital and ultimately the patient.
This is just one more example of our commitment to solving problems for
About Cook Medical
A global pioneer in medical breakthroughs, Cook Medical is committed to
creating effective solutions that benefit millions of patients
worldwide. Today, we combine medical devices, drugs, biologic grafts and
cell therapies across more than 16,000 products serving more than 40
medical specialties. Founded in 1963 by a visionary who put patient
needs and ethical business practices first, Cook is a
family-owned company that has created more than 10,000 jobs worldwide.
For more information, visit www.cookmedical.com.
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