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March 28th, 2017

Dr. Wolfeld gives an overview of the ARTAS Robotic System, its components, and their benefits in performing Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplants.

Transcript of the video:

Hi, I’m Dr. Wolfeld here at Bernstein Medical. I’m going to give you a brief tour of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System.

Right in front of me is the robotic chair, where our patient is comfortably seated throughout the procedure with his head down in the halo right in front of him.

In front of me is the robotic arm and the component of the robotic arm that contains the optical sensors and the punch system for the procedure. What happens is that during the procedure, while the patient is face-down in the robotic chair, this arm swings around to behind the patient.

Before the procedure, we also place what’s called a tensioner, which is applied to the back of the patient’s scalp where the harvesting will be performed. It applies tension to the scalp, and it also has computer readings for the optical sensors to be able to read them. Therefore, the optical sensors of the robot are able to localize itself and target the area that is going to be harvested. The robotic system is able to read the individual follicular unit grafts within that grid area and select the optimal grafts to be harvested.

It is an advanced system that also uses a dual-punch mechanism, which the goal of this is to minimize transection and not to damage any of the grafts.

There are multiple components within the robotic system that aim to standardize the procedure, so, therefore, components such as physician variability or physician fatigue after doing multiple hundreds or thousands of grafts are taken out of it. It optimizes the yield and decreases the risk of damage to the grafts using the robotic system.

Behind me is a screen which is showing the procedure being performed in real-time. It has a camera within the head of the robotic arm that is showing each individual harvest attempt. So we can monitor the viability of the grafts being harvested, and we can alter any variables — such as angle of the needle entering the patient’s scalp, and the punch depth — if need be. The whole procedure is being monitored in real-time by the physician and assistants while this is going on.

This has been a brief tour of the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System. Thank you very much.

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