DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hair Sciences Center of Colorado, a leading Denver-based hair restoration practice, announced today that its founder James A. Harris, MD, FACS, an internationally renowned specialist, and Spencer Kobren, host of radio show, The Bald Truth, will stream live for the first time a hair transplantation surgery using the recently introduced robotic device, The ARTAS™ System.
The ARTAS System is the only FDA-cleared, physician-controlled, image-guided, interactive, computer-assisted robotics-based device developed for the treatment of hair loss and the only hair restoration solution of its kind. The ARTAS System utilizes Dr. Harris’ pioneering system, The Harris SAFE (Surgically Advanced Follicular Extraction) System. In 2003, Dr. Harris developed the SAFE System, which incorporates a surgical device that isolates and extracts single follicular units without causing the type of trauma traditionally associated with other types of hair transplantation surgery.
On Friday, October 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time, physicians, potential patients and interested parties can see in action Dr. Harris performing surgery on a male patient, which will be streamed live on www.thebaldtruth.com, Kobren’s website for his radio show for men. To view the surgery, simply visit www.thebaldtruth.com and the webcast video will be available for viewing on the home page. For more than a decade, The Bald Truth, hosted by Kobren, has been advising listeners on various issues concerning male pattern baldness, which affects about 30 percent of men by the age of 35.
The ARTAS System was developed by a privately-held medical device company, Restoration Robotics, in collaboration with leading hair transplant surgeons. The system performs a successful type of graft harvest known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), whereby follicular units from the patient’s donor area using a small instrument to obtain tiny samples of skin that contain hair follicles. Because only a single follicular unit is selected, the procedure is minimally invasive and virtually undetectable.
FUE, when performed manually, is an extremely tedious, labor intensive and time-consuming process, thus resulting in high costs for the consumer. As a result, there are currently very few physicians performing FUE, Dr. Harris being among them and a leading expert who attracts patients from across the globe. The robot helps make FUE available to the mainstream public and is more cost-effective and can perform the surgery in significantly less time and with more precision than traditional FUE. For example, a novice physician performing FUE manually may be able to extract 50-70 grafts in an hour. However, with training on the ARTAS System, he or she would able to extract 600-700 grafts an hour.
“Today’s technologies make it possible for us to broadcast a hair transplantation surgery in real-time using an innovative robotic system. The capabilities of the robot are extraordinary. The image-guided robotic arm is controlled by complex algorithms, vision systems and sensors and is able to do with great precision what a physician can do only with extensive practice. The new technology is quite revolutionary will prove beneficial for both physicians as well as patients,” noted Dr. Harris.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), at least 35 million men in the U.S. are affected by male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. By age 50, approximately 50 percent of men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss. Approximately one in four men suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB), which is believed to have psychological, professional and social consequences.
The Bald Truth radio program is broadcast live from Westwood One Radio Networks in Los Angeles and can be heard coast to coast on XM Satellite Radio.
Denver-based Hair Sciences Center of Colorado specializes in state-of-the-art medical and surgical hair restoration. Founder James Harris, MD, FACS pioneered an innovative and minimally invasive technology, the Harris SAFE (Surgically Advanced Follicular Extraction) System, which has transformed hair transplantation surgery practices. This technology is now used in the newly unveiled robotic device, the ARTASTM System, used for treatment of hair loss.
Dr. Harris and his clinic have always been on the cutting edge of bringing the latest in hair restoration techniques to patients. In 2007, he was the first in Denver to use laser therapy technology on his patients, who travel from all over the world to his clinic. Dr. Harris' focus on state-of-the-art medical and surgical techniques and dedication to patient advocacy has firmly established him as an international leader in the field of hair restoration. For more information, please visit www.hsccolorado.com.