Purpose: We compared the load-release points of the Stone Cone™ and the new Cook Urological NTrap™ devices using an in vitro model of the ureter. Materials and Methods: A strictured-ureter model was created using urethane tubing with a wire tie around it. A plastic bead was lodged above this narrowing. The Stone Cone, then the NTrap, was deployed in turn above this bead. The force required for each device to undeploy was measured over five trials. Results: Each device released the bead in every trial. The Stone Cone released at a mean of 0.190 lb, while the NTrap yielded at 0.861 lb. Conclusions: Both of the devices released the plastic bead reliably and at low loads, although the NTrap did require statistically significantly more force than the Stone Cone. However, the loads for both devices were <1 lb, so the devices are unlikely to result in ureteral trauma. Whether a slight increase in load-release force or differences in design result in better stone-clearing ability of one device should be assessed in clinical trials.
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