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What is tele-education?

A Q&A with Dr. Bradley Schwartz.

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Let our wires guide you.

Explore our comprehensive assortment of wire guides.

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How much power do you need?

Treat stones and soft tissue with just 30 W.

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Proctor profile:

Prof. Evangelos Liatsikos

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N is for nitinol

Choose from our 26 nitinol stone extractor configurations.

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There's a stent for that!

Start exploring our stent lineup.

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Upcoming Events
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

August 29th, 2019
We sat down with Dr. Bradley Schwartz, Chairman of Urology, Southern Illinois University, to discuss his experience with the Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent. In the third installment of this three-part series, Dr. Schwartz addresses a few common questions and concerns…

August 21st, 2019
We sat down with Dr. Bradley Schwartz, Chairman of Urology, Southern Illinois University, to discuss his experience with the Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent. In the second installment of this three-part series, Dr. Schwartz provides a detailed overview for using the…

August 14th, 2019
We sat down with Dr. Bradley Schwartz, Chairman of Urology, Southern Illinois University, to discuss his experience with the Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent. In the first installment of this three-part series, Dr. Schwartz talks about his approach to treating extrinsic ureteral…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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 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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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