Video: Robotic Hair Transplants on 'The Doctors'
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October 2nd, 2012

Dr. Bernstein appeared in a segment covering the topic of robotic hair transplantation, on the popular medical talk show “The Doctors” on CBS. He spoke about the labor-intensive task of manual methods of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and how the ARTAS® Robotic System for FUE improves on these methods in its ability to maintain precision throughout a procedure that requires thousands of repetitive motions.

Read a partial transcript of the show:

Announcer: You’ve lost it throughout the years, now see how this revolutionary robot can actually restore your hair.

Dr. Travis Stork: It’s astonishing medical make-overs and right now we’re talking about a new method of reversing a condition that affects millions and millions of people world-wide, hair loss.

Announcer: Donor hair follicles are taken from the back of the head and transplanted to the thinning areas. The solution is to randomly extract individual follicular units, small groups of one to four hairs.

Dr. Bernstein: The procedure is very labor intensive. You have to do thousands of these in a single session.

Announcer: Enter the ARTAS robot. It’s a sophisticated hair mapping and extraction system. Once the donor area is identified, the robot maps all the follicles and then randomly extracts them with a series of punches.

Dr. Bernstein: It’s much more precise than the human hand. It doesn’t tire if you’re doing thousands of grafts.

Announcer: Even with short hair, the random extraction makes it impossible to tell where the donor hairs came from.

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