Cook Medical, a family-owned medical device company, has rolled out a new updated portfolio of urological bipolar electrodes in the US, made of platinum-iridium alloy.

The new portfolio includes a total of seven products most frequently used by urologists to support their daily electrode needs while performing procedures in the bladder and prostate.

Among the seven, six products are configurations indicated for use in transurethral resection, ablation and soft tissue removal of the prostate and bladder and for haemostasis.

They include a bipolar transurethral bladder loop, four transurethral cutting loops, and a bipolar transurethral needle electrode.

The bipolar transurethral bladder loop is angled at 136° to accommodate the anatomy of the bladder, and transurethral cutting loops at 12° and 30°, available in medium and large sizes.

Cook Medical urology speciality senior director Rob Faulkner said: “We listened to physicians about obstacles they were facing when trying to perform resection and ablation procedures, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

“For example, we learned that most bladder loops on the market were difficult to use around the bladder, so we offer a bladder loop angled at 136° to improve the efficiency of surgery.

“With the seven products in the streamlined bipolar electrodes portfolio, we aim to help physicians focus on treating patients with products they use frequently.”

The seventh product is the Bipolar Transurethral Plasma Disc, intended for electro-vaporisation in urological procedures to help vaporisation of the prostate and coagulation.

The concentric, multi-tiered disc design of the product is patented by Omnitech Systems.

It offers concentrated current density to enhance the energy efficiency, while supporting current flow and plasma ignition.

Cook Medical said that the distal wires of each electrode tip are made of a platinum-iridium alloy that extends from the leading edge past the stabiliser.

The platinum-iridium alloy is strengthened by hampering it deep into the body of the electrode for durability.

The electrodes come with a shelf life of five years, and provides additional stock and supply benefits, said the medical device company.