FUE vs. the ARTAS Robot

How does True & Dorin FUE compare with the ARTAS robotic system?

We at True & Dorin are very familiar with the ARTAS robot. In fact, we participated with the development of the device by giving technical feedback to Restoration Robotics and we have also evaluated it in clinical demonstrations.  While we find the device very well conceived and promising, at this time, we find the ARTAS is not yet as efficient, reliable and unique as the proprietary follicular unit extraction technique and device that True & Dorin has developed over past 9 years.  We have been among the primary developers and innovators of follicular unit extraction as a technique of donor harvesting.

Our evaluation of the ARTAS robotic system has led us to find that the healing in the donor area for some patients may not be as good as we see it with our technique of using extremely sharp punches.  The ARTAS robot uses dull punches.  Our concern is that the dull punches may produce fibrosis and scarring in the extraction sites that is not seen with sharp punches.  Additionally, at this stage, the robotic technique can only be used if large areas of the donor area are completely shaved.  Our FUE process allows us to perform many treatments with a partially shaved donor scalp.   We can also do more focused FUE procedures without shaving the scalp at all.   This makes a huge difference for many patients in the recovery period.

Another limitation of the ARTAS robot is that it can only be used for scalp harvesting.  True & Dorin FUE enables us to also use body and beard hair as additional donor areas.  Having access to these additional resources can be very meaningful to patients.

One of the most important clinical concerns in FUE is graft quality and survival. With our extremely sharp punch mechanical rotary FUE technique, we produce very high quality, robust grafts that have a good amount of supportive tissue necessary to assure optimal survival and growth. On the other hand, the ARTAS and other related techniques such as NeoGraft tend to produce grafts that are stripped of tissue in deeper levels. This leaves hair follicles naked and more vulnerable to drying and trauma during graft placement potentially resulting in an adverse affect on the ultimate result of the transplant.

We continue to closely monitor the development and advancement of the ARTAS robot and look forward to the day when our concerns are resolved. We are convinced that our FUE process is the most effective at this time but may incorporate the robotic system depending on its development.

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