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The OHNS team is headed to AAO!

The Cook Medical Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) specialty will be attending the annual American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) meeting from September 14-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Be sure to stop by booth #1243 and have a chat with the OHNS team about our innovative and minimally invasive product portfolio!

We never stop in our efforts to bring innovative solutions to the market. With a focus on sleep, interventional sialendoscopy, and soft tissue repair, we aim to create innovative solutions for otolaryngologists and their patients to benefit from.

We have several products and procedural areas we’ll be showcasing at the AAO-HNSF meeting. Read below to learn more about these patient-centered treatment options.

This is our first year at the AAO-HNSF meeting with our new, minimally invasive solution to treat snoring at a palatal level. Created by Zelegent, Inc., and distributed by Cook Medical, the Elevo® Snoring Intervention Set is a product designed to enhance patient treatment options for snoring. The set is used to perform Elevoplasty®, a procedure that provides lift and stiffening to the soft palate through the placement of three bi-directional, barbed resorbable suture implants. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in an office setting without the need for surgery.

Elevo’s delivery tool allows the placement of bi-directional, specially shaped suture implants that provide lift and stiffening to the soft palate. It is intended for use in stiffening the soft palate tissue, which may reduce the severity of snoring in some individuals. It is indicated for symptomatic, habitual, and social snoring due to palatal flutter.

This year, we’ve been focusing on training physicians on the Elevoplasty procedure through educational Vista® courses that are taking place throughout the year. If you’re interested in attending a Vista course, be sure to stop by booth #1243 to discuss course locations and availability.


Interventional sialendoscopy
Sialendoscopy, or salivary endoscopy, is a way to directly visualize stones and strictures by entering a gland with a microendoscope. This procedure allows the insertion of stone extractors and other specialized, interventional tools. This minimally invasive treatment option has the potential to save an otherwise healthy duct by improving the flow of saliva without performing an invasive open surgery that may lead to complete removal of the gland.

Through collaborative efforts with physicians in our clinical specialty, we continue to grow our suite of interventional sialendoscopy products to provide minimally invasive treatment options for those who suffer with obstructive salivary gland disease.

If you’re looking for a minimally invasive method to treat salivary stones, visit the interventional sialendoscopy feature area of booth #1243 to discuss our suite of tools.


Soft tissue repair 
Biodesign® is a platform technology behind numerous soft tissue repair products that span multiple medical specialties. Biodesign is a natural extracellular matrix (ECM) derived from porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS). The ECM is a complex latticework of proteins and structural molecules that helps guide the growth of cells.[1] Cook’s proprietary processing methodology decellularizes the SIS material while preserving natural matrix molecules such as collagen, proteoglycans, and glycosaminoglycans.[2] The result is a scaffold that, when implanted, provides a location for host cells to infiltrate and remodel into vascularized tissue.[3]

The OHNS specialty’s primary areas of focus for soft tissue repair are sinonasalotologic, and dural procedures. If you’re looking for biologic materials to avoid harvesting patient tissue, drop by booth #1243 to meet with our product experts.



Pre-AAO-HNSF hands-on courses

In advance of the meeting, we’ll be supporting hands-on sialendoscopy and endoscopic ear surgery courses for AAO-HNSF meeting attendees.


Pre-AAO-HNSF Elevoplasty Vista training

An educational Vista course will take place on September 14 on Cook’s new device to treat snoring at a palatal level, the Elevo Snoring Intervention Set. Space is limited, but if you’re interested in attending, please visit


The 6th annual Collaborative for Advanced Sialendoscopy Education® (CASE)

The Collaborative for Advanced Sialendoscopy Education will be continuing its open forum on topics of interest within the salivary endoscopy community for the sixth consecutive year on September 15 from 7-9 am at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center. Please join us this year to continue the progression and discussion of innovative techniques in sialendoscopy. Planning and logistical support is provided by Cook Medical in collaboration with KARL STORZ. Note: This is not a hands-on course, nor will continuing medical education (CME) credit be available. For more information or to register for this event, please visit and use meeting code CASE2019.


We’ll see you in New Orleans!
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[1]. Hubbell JA. Materials as morphogenetic guides in tissue engineering. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2003;14(5):551-558.

[2]. Hodde J, Janis A, Ernst D, et al. Effects of sterilization on an extracellular matrix scaffold: part I. Composition and matrix architecture. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2007;18(4):537-543.

[3]. Cook Biotech Internal Report #D00199545.