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What is tele-education?

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Treat stones and soft tissue with just 30 W.

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Proctor profile:

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N is for nitinol

Choose from our 26 nitinol stone extractor configurations.

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Upcoming Events
Vista: Laser technology and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
July 26, 2019 - July 27, 2019
ICEPS, Riberão Preto, Brazil
Urological Association of Asia (UAA) Congress
August 7, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Vista: Explore multiple approaches to stone management using PCNL
August 18, 2019 - August 19, 2019
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC
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Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
August 22, 2019 - August 23, 2019
Hospital Italiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vista: Hear it, see it, do it: PCNL access and technique (Ultrasound)
August 29, 2019 - August 30, 2019
Mount Sinai Roosevelt, New York, NY
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Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
September 6, 2019 - September 7, 2019
Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
September 12, 2019 - September 13, 2019
Clinica INDISA, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Vista: Endoscopic Management of Large Renal Calculi (>2cm): Flexible ureteroscopy versus PCNL
September 23, 2019 - September 24, 2019
UCSD Medical Center & Scripps Mercy Surgical Pavilion, San Diego, CA
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Vista: Advanced PCNL including laser and ultrasound-guided access as well as ureteroscopy with techniques to reduce radiation exposure
October 2, 2019 - October 3, 2019
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
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Vista: Explore multiple approaches to stone management using PCNL
October 9, 2019 - October 10, 2019
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest, Cleveland, OH
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Vista: Laser technology and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019
Hospital Militar, Puebla, Mexico
Vista: How to gain safe and effective percutaneous access for PCNL
October 21, 2019 - October 22, 2019
Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
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World Congress of Endourology (WCE)
October 29, 2019 - November 2, 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE
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World Congress of Endourology (WCE)
October 29, 2019 - November 2, 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019
Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
November 21, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Hospital Italiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vista: Percutaneous access and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
November 21, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Clinica INDISA, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Vista: Laser technology and semi-rigid ureteroscopy
November 29, 2019 - November 30, 2019
ICEPS, Riberão Preto, Brazil
Vista: Step-by-step management of urolithiasis with PCNL - Advanced
December 8, 2019 - December 9, 2019
UCI Medical Center, Orange, CA
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Latest News

May 28th, 2019

Editor’s note: In March 2019, Rob Faulkner was named global director for Cook Medical’s Urology specialty. He has been with Cook for 19+ years—previously serving in the Endoscopy specialty as a district sales manager, regional manager, North America sales manager, and, for the last five years, global sales director. He comes to the Urology team…

April 24th, 2019

Encountering an encrusted ureteral stent can be all too common when managing numerous urological conditions. Stent encrustation is a serious complication,1 and it presents a significant clinical challenge.2 Polymer stents are the industry standard but quickly become encrusted with stone material and must be exchanged every 3–4 months.3 Cook Medical’s Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent, with its patented…

April 19th, 2019

Cook Medical is headed to the Windy City for the 2019 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, May 3-6, 2019. We hope you’ll join us at our booth (#2201) to learn about our products, to find a Vista® course that addresses an area of interest, to get a feel for virtual surgery with a VR…

December 20th, 2018

The Rhapsody® H-30® Holmium Laser System features a variable pulse width, which enables a physician to tailor their treatment on the fly. This ability to adjust settings and tailor treatment has led to discussions on stone lasing techniques as well as power needs. How much power do you need? “Commercially available laser systems can be grouped into…

November 1st, 2018

Whether you prefer the stiffness and control of stainless steel or the flexibility and resiliency of nitinol, Cook Medical has a comprehensive assortment of wire guides to fit your preferences and meet your procedural needs. Start exploring our wire guide lineup. Click on the product name for more information and for additional resources. Hybrid Maybe you’re…

October 8th, 2018

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts profiling several of our Vista® Education and Training facilitators from around the world. For more information on our Vista courses, visit and choose your region. In 2010, Dr. Janak Desai proposed ultra-mini PCNL (UMP). Today, as interest in UMP grows, Dr. Desai travels…

September 26th, 2018

The uppercase ‘N’ in the names of our nitinol stone extractors speaks to the innovative technology that is nitinol. More so, the device's actionable names serve as double meanings for how they can be used.

September 21st, 2018

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts profiling several of our Vista® Education and Training facilitators from around the world. For more information on our Vista courses, visit and choose your region. Prof. Evangelos Liatsikos has been a key partner in education with Cook for over 10 years. He has…

May 10th, 2018

Cook Medical offers a collection of stent configurations, materials, and designs to accommodate your routine, everyday drainage procedures, and the procedures that require something a bit more specific. Cook’s collection includes a soft silicone stent, a stent made from thermosensitive polymer, and a compression-resistant metallic stent. Start exploring our stent lineup. Click on the product name…

May 7th, 2018

At Cook Medical, we believe innovative product-focused training is as important as product innovation itself. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, our Vista Tele-Education courses give healthcare professionals an interactive OR experience that provides product and procedure training from the convenience of their local hospital, facility, or other venue. Using KARL STORZ’s VisitOR1® system and software from InTouch…

April 20th, 2018

Earth Day 2018 Making decisions that are good for the planet has been part of Cook’s culture for decades. We’ve done a lot to reduce our footprint on the environment, and we’d like to do more. View the Going Green infographic to learn more about our sustainability efforts. A redesign of the corrugated cardboard boxes that…

April 4th, 2018

If your Cook Medical capital equipment unexpectedly needs repairs or maintenance, our service plans can help you avoid costly downtime and postponement of patient care. To ensure that you are covered, our dedicated capital support team provides ongoing support and troubleshooting. Premium Laser Service Agreement You’ve got the keys to your new Cook Rhapsody® H-30®…

March 13th, 2018

The sights and sounds of Copenhagen, Denmark, are calling, and we’re eager to gather with around 15,000 urology specialists at the 33rd annual European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress. It’s sure to be an inspiring and engaging experience. What: European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress When: March 16-20, 2018 Where: Bella Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark…

March 7th, 2018

This year, because World Kidney Day (WKD) and International Women’s Day both fall on Thursday, March 8, it can be a day for raising awareness of the challenges women around the world face in receiving affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare, and prevention of kidney diseases. There are a significant number of kidney-related…

November 9th, 2017

Bladder health is a topic that is rarely talked about. Since November is National Bladder Health Month, Cook Medical is raising awareness as a part of our continuing commitment to health and wellness. You can help, too. Join the conversation, and share our bladder health infographic. In addition to raising awareness about bladder facts, start…

October 3rd, 2017

A holmium:YAG (Ho:YAG) laser system transmits laser energy to the surgical site through a flexible fiberoptic delivery system called a laser fiber (or just a fiber). While fibers may vary somewhat in the features they offer, the science behind the delivery of the laser energy is similar from one fiber to the next. Fiber hub…

September 20th, 2017

Early endourology training courses in 1982—and the proctoring physicians who pioneered those foundational workshops—were pivotal in shaping the specialty. The impact of those seminal moments can still be felt today as endourology continues to evolve and advance. It was only four years earlier that Dr. Arthur Smith, a pediatric urologist from South Africa, then working…

July 6th, 2017

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, bladder cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the world.1 In 2012, nearly 10 out of every 100,000 people were diagnosed with bladder cancer in more developed regions of the world.1 It’s the sixth most common cancer in men,2 and men are more than four times more…

May 25th, 2017

Dusting and busting (basketing) are two techniques for treating kidney stones with laser lithotripsy. Choosing which technique to use often depends on the situation—the composition of the stone, its size and location in the kidney, and a variety of other factors. But one technique isn’t necessarily better than the other. Sometimes both techniques are employed…

April 17th, 2017

Urology has historically been a field dominated by male physicians.1 A 2015 report on physician compensation asked the question, “Which specialties have the most female physicians?” Not surprisingly, urology was at the bottom of the list with only 8% (Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health and Pediatrics were at the top with 50%).2 Additionally, the 2015 AUA…

March 23rd, 2017

Over the last four decades, Cook Medical has blazed a trail in urology, collaborating with physicians to bring new ideas to life and enhance patient care. In the 1970s, we got our start working alongside urological pioneers like Dr. Al Rutner to develop products such as a percutaneous stone removal set, a Flexi-Tip® ureteral catheter, and…

March 8th, 2017

The theme of this year’s World Kidney Day is “Kidney disease and obesity: Healthy lifestyles for healthy kidneys.” While it may not be surprising to read about the correlation between kidney disease and obesity, it can be quite sobering to see the statistics, and it strengthens our resolve to continue making a difference for the…

January 31st, 2017

Unfortunately, if you’ve seen one urethra, you haven’t seen them all. Diversity in your patients’ anatomy demands a diverse selection of products for your urological procedures—starting with products for gaining and maintaining access. That’s where we come in. Used to dilate male urethral strictures and vesical neck contractures, the S~Curve™ Urethral Dilators are specifically designed…

December 21st, 2016

The air is cold and crisp in our neck of the woods, and the first few flakes of snow have already made their appearance at our global headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. In honor of the holiday season, we thought it would be fitting to share a festive greeting about putting patients first. After all, they’re…

November 7th, 2016

Cook Medical is once again joining the Movember movement to raise awareness for men’s health. It’s a topic of conversation that’s near and dear to us, not just because we work in the healthcare industry, or because many of us are men, but also because so many of our co-workers, friends, and companions are affected…

October 13th, 2016

To be on the cutting edge, you have to continuously sharpen your skills using the latest product innovations. Cook Medical’s Vista® Education and Training program helps you stay at the top of your game—providing you with specialized training from physicians who are passionate about urology. We spoke with Dr. Kerri Barnes about her experience attending a PCNL course led by Dr….

June 28th, 2016

This year’s American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting in San Diego was only the second urological meeting I’ve attended since moving over to Cook Medical’s Urology division at the end of last year. I’ve been to numerous meetings with Cook’s Peripheral Intervention (PI) division, and at first glance there were many similarities. When I first…

June 8th, 2016

Cook Medical mourns the death of a dear friend and colleague, Fred Roemer. Fred’s dedication and contributions to the development of endourology are acknowledged by many to have been instrumental to the field. Fred joined Cook’s urological division (at the time known as Vance Products Incorporated) in 1980 as product development and marketing manager. He was…

April 4th, 2016

There’s a certain excitement that comes with the development of a new product. It’s not just the realization of something new, it’s the greater understanding that the something new may change the course of history. Over the years, I’ve seen these discoveries come in all shapes and sizes. When I started as sales representative for…

March 8th, 2016

March 10, 2016 – Today is World Kidney Day, and we’re joining with healthcare professionals around the globe to raise awareness for kidney disease. The kidney stone statistics are staggering. In many areas, the increasing incidence and prevalence of kidney stones is a growing concern. Worldwide, diet and climate are two factors influencing these trends. Market…

February 2nd, 2016

For over a decade now, we’ve hosted physician education courses for urologists in Latin America. What started with one or two annual trainings has flourished to more than 20 courses per year. We’re excited for 2016, and expect more than 100 healthcare professionals to continue their education at one of our Cook Vista® courses. While…

January 19th, 2016

Have you ever zeroed in on an intact stone or rogue fragment during lithotripsy and had it migrate out of view? Retropulsion, however it occurs, can prolong your procedures.1 That’s where we come in. Cook Medical has several innovative products that specifically address this frustrating phenomenon. During laser lithotripsy, the very pulse of energy that is…

December 29th, 2015

This time of year is often a time of reflection, a time to look back and celebrate our accomplishments. But it’s also a time to look ahead, to plan, and to set expectations. We’re determined to do great things in 2016 and hope that it will be a year full of new opportunities and moments…

December 22nd, 2015

With the healthcare system facing cost pressures from all sides, Cook Medical knows that creating products that solve clinical problems is only half the battle. We need to be innovative by designing products that help you reduce costs. As a result, many of our recent stone management solutions are designed to meet your clinical and…

December 1st, 2015

Movember has come and gone. And for many of you, if you haven’t done so already, it may be time to say goodbye to your ‘stache. However thick or thin, we applaud you for your commitment. We want to thank you for your contributions to the men’s health awareness campaign. Let’s keep the “mo”mentum going….

November 23rd, 2015

It is becoming an annual tradition for Cook Medical employees to participate in Movember. So far this year, as in years past, we’ve seen strong support—most visibly by those men who are bold enough to grow out their moustaches. But growing a ‘stache isn’t the only way to participate. This year, we’ve groomed our activities…

November 9th, 2015

One of the statistics that stood out to us in our last post was that men have about a 1 in 7 chance of getting prostate cancer in their lifetime1. With a number like that staring men in the face, it can be helpful to know the risk factors. Often the conversation about prostate cancer focuses on…

November 2nd, 2015

We humans are fascinated with statistics. In all aspects of life—politics, sports, the economy, healthcare—the numbers we come across can tell us the good, and the bad, in any given situation. When it comes to cancer facts and figures, most of the numbers we come across reflect the negative aspects of this disease, and rightfully…

October 26th, 2015

Soon, many men will put their razors away for a month and grow out their moustaches as a way to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. “Movember” is kind of a big deal around Cook Medical. Men from all across our company participate in this growing, global-awareness campaign. And while Movember…

October 8th, 2015

It’s not every day that a medical device is conceptualized, designed, and manufactured with the understanding that it may be placed less frequently in patients. But that’s exactly what happened with the Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent. At the outset of the Resonance stent’s development, we recognized that patients with extrinsic ureteral obstruction are often at…

September 25th, 2015

The last couple of months, we’ve been talking about different ways to improve healthcare outside of developing new product technology that focuses on solving clinical problems. That will always remain our cornerstone, but we’re equally passionate about solving problems on the business side of healthcare. Almost a year ago, the first wave of the FDA’s Unique…

September 18th, 2015

Since attending the first World Congress of Endourology (WCE), held in London in 1983, Cook Medical hasn’t missed a meeting. And this year, we’ll keep the streak going as the WCE returns to the city where it all started. While times have certainly changed since the first congress, our commitment to endourologists around the world…

September 11th, 2015

Converting to a new vendor can be complicated and time-consuming. Over the past few years, we’ve worked hard to develop a process that has led to successful outcomes and ensures that you don’t have to do all the work yourself. What are the secrets to our success? Communication and teamwork. Here, we’ll show you: You can…

September 4th, 2015

Over the last 40 years Cook Medical has played a role in the shifting urological trends. Recently, we’ve started to redefine what it means to offer a comprehensive product offering—to bring you solutions that can help you streamline your stone procedures from access to drainage and everything in between. Access Gain access by choosing from…

July 17th, 2015

It wasn’t long after nitinol alloy had made its way into medical devices that engineers at Cook Medical began to look for ways to incorporate flexible, resilient nitinol wire into an extractor that could retain its preformed shape. Today, we have a wide offering of nitinol stone extractors for your kidney–, ureteral–, and bladder–stone procedures. In…

June 16th, 2015

This June, during Men’s Health Month, we want to shine a spotlight on an area of men’s health that can occasionally get overlooked. While prostate health is one of the most commonly discussed men’s health issues, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition that doesn’t get as much attention as other diseases. But BPH affects…

May 8th, 2015

The annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) is one of our favorite times of the year. We always look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and learning from the best and brightest in our specialty. This year is no exception, and we have quite a few specific activities that we’re looking forward to.

May 1st, 2015

Different cultures, different history, different physicians, different patients, different treatments. At the European Association of Urology (EAU) annual meeting, the differences are evident around every corner. Those differences are some of the things that make the journey of an American product manager to EAU that much more exciting. Whether visiting palaces, soccer stadiums, museums, archways,…

March 12th, 2015

World Kidney Day is March 12, 2015! Taking care of your kidneys is an important part of your overall health, and we want to help spread the word about how to keep kidneys healthy. There are many kidney conditions that can lead to chronic kidney disease, including having kidney stones. More than 1 in 10 adults…

March 6th, 2015

Physician collaboration has been the cornerstone of our product development for many years. Some of our favorite products, such as BIGopsy®, LithAssist™, and our nitinol stone extractor family, have been the result of close partnerships with physicians. Unfortunately, there are several factors that are changing these relationships. Physicians who have good ideas are finding new ways to…

February 13th, 2015

Cook Medical’s recently opened Learning Center in Monchengladbach, Germany, is another example of our global initiative to partner with healthcare professionals and provide product education opportunities. The renting, renovation, and customization of a dedicated space for training has expanded the reach of our Vista℠ programs and strengthened our resolve to better equip physicians. The facility…

February 3rd, 2015

At a recent meeting of the New England section of the American Urological Association (AUA), one of our Urology managers gratefully accepted an award on Cook’s behalf that recognized our recent efforts in physician education. George Hay is a regional manager for Cook Medical’s Urology division. For the past couple of years, his region has made a…

December 18th, 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, our Urology team members from around the world wanted to take a moment to send you a special message. Please, share this with anyone you know that makes a difference in healthcare every day. It’s for all of you. Enjoy!

November 26th, 2014

As November draws to a close, we want to sincerely thank each and every one of our Movember team members, readers, and retweeters. This month is all about raising awareness and educating. If you helped out even a little, you made a difference. Here are a few of our favorite moments from this month...

November 25th, 2014

Cutting costs is the name of the game in healthcare today. Everyone from manufacturers to providers to group purchasing organizations is under pressure to do more with less. We know that solving clinical problems is only half of our job. Every product needs to save you and your physicians time or money. For the past…

November 20th, 2014

Today, Cook Medical employees celebrated our first ‘Stache Day! We asked all of our moustache enthusiasts to show us their three-week progress on growing their Movember ‘staches. (And, we provided some fun props for those who can’t or won’t grow their own.)

November 10th, 2014

If you blink as you drive through the town of Spencer in southern Indiana, you might just miss it. It’s here, on the outskirts of this rural town, that two of the major players in the urological devices market have set up shop. Cook Spencer got its start as Vance Products Incorporated back in 1977…

November 5th, 2014

This year, approximately 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. And more than 29,480 men will die as a result of it. Sometimes these numbers are hard for us to really understand because they’re so large. We don’t come across figures like this in every day life. We don’t buy 29,480…

October 23rd, 2014

For the Urology team at Cook, the 11th month of the year is our favorite. We participate in Movember — a global effort to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. There are a lot of fun parts about Movember. Our guys grow moustaches all month long as part of our Movember team, and…

August 26th, 2014

The term nitinol comes from its composition and where it was discovered: nickel titanium/naval ordnance laboratory. In 1959, two scientists were exploring the properties of metal alloys. Upon heating a folded strip of a nickel titanium alloy, the scientists found that the strip returned to its previous, unfolded shape, and the shape-memory properties of nitinol…

May 20th, 2014

What if you could manage a stone case from start to finish by using only our products? In March, physicians in Poland performed three separate stone cases by using products from Cook Medical’s complete line. They used wire guides, stents, stone extractors, a holmium laser system, and the Flexor® Vue™ Deflecting Endoscopic System. “It’s an exciting…

March 10th, 2014

Every day, the products we make impact countless lives. This is a reality that we don’t take lightly. We make each one of our products as if the patient on the table were a family member or close friend. Bill’s philosophy was to consider that the products we make might be used on someone in…

January 28th, 2014

The Urology division was started in the 1970s, when Bill Cook was introduced to Dr. Al Rutner and began to explore the needs of urologists. Rutner provided Cook with drawings and notes on a few ideas, which Cook in turn shared with his team in Bloomington, Indiana, where a de facto urology department was formed….

November 26th, 2013

The situation Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center wanted to find ways to improve its supply chain and save money. Wake Forest Baptist wanted to reduce costs across its entire supply chain system by making it more efficient, not just by cutting line-item expenses. To accomplish these goals, in early 2011, Wake Forest Baptist hired Conrad…

October 17th, 2013

The 2013 Arthur D. Smith Endourology Lectureship was presented to Thomas Knoll, MD, associate professor of urology at Mannheim University Hospital, Germany, and head of the Department of Urology, Sindelfingen-Böblingen Medical Center, University of Tübingen, Germany. Dr. Knoll received the award for his extensive scientific and clinical work on the interventional treatment of urolithiasis and…

September 4th, 2013

Since 1963, Cook Medical has been collaborating with physicians to bring new product ideas to market. We are always looking for ways to create solutions to complex problems. This way of thinking has made a difference in millions of patient’s lives. Cook’s collaborative efforts in urology date back almost 40 years. In 1974, Dr. Al…

July 7th, 2013

Cook Medical’s Vista℠ Collaboration and Learning Program encourages physicians and other members of the healthcare industry to improve patient care by sharing best practices. Education and Training Cook sponsors a complete educational program. Live case trainings and skills labs align renowned instructors with physicians who are eager to sharpen their skills and ultimately improve outcomes. Live Cases…

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