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April 11th, 2024

Using Cook’s Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent may reduce costs by 23% with fewer patient interventions, published report shows

Cook Medical’s Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent 

Bloomington, Ind. — The British Journal of Urology International Compass published a health economics model showing the benefits of Cook Medical’s Resonance® Metallic Ureteral Stent when used as a first-line treatment option for extrinsic malignant ureteric obstruction (MUO). The research demonstrates that the stent is a win for both health systems and patients: the stent is more cost-effective than standard polyurethane ureteral stents, as well as offering several health benefits to patients.

This newly published health economic analysis sought to assess whether the use of polyurethane double-J (JJ) stents or the Resonance metallic stent is more cost-effective for managing extrinsic MUO in the UK healthcare setting. Malignant ureteral obstruction is a frequent challenge for urologists. Patients with MUO have poor prognoses, and treatment usually aims to improve quality of life while optimising renal function.

Currently, the standard practice is to treat MUO using polyurethane stents, which require frequent surgical replacements due to blockages and encrustation. Metallic stents are more durable, but they have a higher initial purchase price, which makes healthcare systems wary of them. This ecomomic report shows that even though metallic stents have a higher up-front cost, they tend to be more cost-effective over time. Here are some of the cost benefits that the report showed:

In addition to demonstrating that the Resonance stent is cost-effective, the report also showed several health benefits to patients. While it is important to consider affordability and healthcare economics, the main goal of treatment is improving the quality of life for the patient. The report showed the following patient benefits:

“We want to show physicians that investing in higher-quality medical devices is worth it,” said Johan Lowinger, director of product management for Cook’s Urology specialty. “Research like this is about more than just data; it’s about the rethinking the implications of treatment plans, physician practices and patient outcomes. When we prioritize patient health and put people first, it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved: patients, physicians and health systems alike.”

To learn more about the Resonance Metallic Ureteral Stent, you can view product details here.

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1 Cooper DM, Lines R and Shergill I. Cost-Effectiveness of Resonance® metallic ureteral stent compared with standard polyurethane ureteral stents in malignant ureteric obstruction: a cost-utility analysis. BJUICompas 2024; Volume issues page number and doi TBC.

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