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Boston Scientific Launches Kidney Stone Device

The Dakota kidney stone retrieval device is meant to reduce procedure times and eliminate complications.

Chris Newmarker

Dakota kidney stone retrieverBoston Scientific this week announced the U.S. and European launch of its Dakota kidney stone retrieval device, which includes the company's OpenSure handle.

Boston Sci officials boast that the device is designed to allow the release and capture of multiple sizes of kidney stones. The Dakota device is able to capture complex stones as small as 1 mm or as large as 1 cm. The OpenSure handle is designed to release a large, complex stone, potentially reducing complications.

When it comes to large kidney stones, the use of a ureteroscope and a basket retrieval device such as the Dakota Device is the most common treatment method. Boston Sci notes that one in 11 people are affected by kidney stones.

"The Dakota retrieval device with OpenSure handle offers innovative technology that helps me solve some of the challenges faced during ureteroscopy procedures, I can extract a variety of stone sizes and compositions and make multiple passes during one procedure to help patients become stone free," said Roger Sur, MD, director of the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center at UC San Diego Health in San Diego.

Other design aspects of the Dakota device include its nitinol hybrid grasper basket, which enables a physician to capture, reposition and remove multiple stones and small fragments in the same procedure.

"The Dakota Device with OpenSure Handle is a great complement to our portfolio of stone retrieval devices and builds on other advancements we have made in the field. As a hybrid basket and grasper, it can help streamline the most challenging stone removal procedures and improve patient outcomes," said David Pierce, senior vice president and president of urology and pelvic Health at Boston Scientific. 

Chris Newmarker is senior editor of Qmed. Follow him on Twitter at @newmarker.

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