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May 4th, 2015

Cook Medical unveils new, 3-stage esophageal dilation balloon

Bloomington, Ind. – Cook Medical announces the introduction of the Hercules® 100 3-Stage Wire-Guided Balloon for esophageal dilation. This product is designed to be used for oral or transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) helping otolaryngologists effectively treat patients who suffer from dysphagia and other swallowing disorders.

The Hercules100 balloon is a dilation tool made of strong noncompliant P.E.T™. Flex technology, a material that does not stretch like currently available nylon balloons1. The 3-stage design allows the balloon to inflate to three distinct diameters so that physicians don’t need to use several balloons during a single procedure. The Hercules 100 builds on the Hercules balloon technology product family to provide a balloon that is designed in length and indications for use in TNE.

With the introduction of the Hercules100 Balloon, Cook Medical’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) division continues its commitment to minimally invasive treatment options that benefit both physicians and patients.

“Swallowing disorders can have devastating consequences for patients and their caregivers. There is a clear need for more effective treatment options,” said Thomas Cherry, global leader of Cook Medical’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) clinical division. “We are proud to provide the Hercules 100 to physicians who use TNE to treat dysphagia.”

For more information about Hercules 100 and other OHNS products, visit and follow us on Twitter @CookOHNS.

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1 Data on file at Cook Medical.