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How common are musculoskeletal problems among hair transplant surgeons?

MSK Issues in Surgeon. 

Musculoskeletal concerns among hair transplant surgeons have not been the focus of significant study. Injuries are talked about among colleagues but numbers have not been collected. 

To explore the frequency, exact nature and extent of possible injuries,  a questionnaire which was e-mailed to 100 surgeons practicing in the hair transplant field more than 5 years. 38 surgeons completed the study, and most who did were males between 50-69 years of age. 50 % reported musculoskeletal issues during or after the procedure, including both pain and fatigue. The reported frequency of pain and fatigue was higher for FUE than FUT (strip) procedures and lasted longer during FUE than strip procedures.

Two thirds of surgeons indicated that they had moderate/severe pain during FUE procedures, compared to one third of surgeons during strip excision procedures. Seventy-five (75%) percent of surgeons indicated they had moderate/severe pain immediately after FUE procedures compared to 29% of surgeons immediately after strip excision procedures.  Moreover, one-third of hair restoration surgeons had pain, fatigue or discomfort lasting more than 12 hours after a procedure.  

Only 30 % of surgeons used any type of ergonomic support such as an ergonomic chair. 

 

REFERENCE

Williams K et al. Ergonomics in hair restoration surgeons. J Cosmet Dermatol 2016; 15: 66-


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887
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Robotics in Hair Transplantation: Coming Soon to a Clinic Near You?

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Robotic assisted devices and computers are now used in many different types of surgerical procedures. It is likely that the same trend may be seen in hair restoration over the next decade.

Restoration Robotics, a privately held medical device company in the United States, created a robotic device to assist hair transplant surgeons.  The so called ARTAS system consists of a chair where a patient having a hair transplant would sit and a robotic arm that a hair transplant surgeon would control using a computer interface.  The robotic arm would dissect hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp. The hope is that the quality of hair follicle harvesting may be enhanced by the ARTAS system. The device received FDA clearance in April 2011 for men with brown or black straight hair.

The company announced last week that they have raised 41 million dollars in venture capitalist funding and will begin now to focus on how the technology can be marketed in the United States.



Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887
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