New device streamlines PCNL procedures

September 9, 2013

Cook Medical has introduced LithAssist, a new device aimed at simplifying percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures.

Cook Medical has introduced LithAssist, a new device aimed at simplifying percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures.

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, according to Cook.

LithAssist enables physicians to control suction more easily during the procedure, without the help of an assistant. The ergonomic handle allows the physician to position the laser fiber and suction with one hand. This synchronizes the procedure by giving the physician more control and can also 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 equipment.

“Our goal for this product is to help physicians use their lasers for PCNL procedures in a simple way,” said Jean-Marc Creissel, of Cook Medical’s Urology division. “Streamlined procedures are beneficial for the physician, the hospital, and ultimately the patient.”