View Full Version : Dr. Ken Anderson sets NEW WORLD RECORD for ARTAS efficiency - 3000 harvests!

Ken Anderson, MD
09-28-2016, 01:29 PM

Dr. Ken Anderson and his staff at the Anderson Center for Hair in Atlanta, Georgia have set the WORLD RECORD in ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant efficiency. This has been confirmed by Dr. Gabe Zingaretti, Chief Operations Officer at the Restoration Robotics Corporation, the company that designed and manufactures the ARTAS robot.
In just 3 hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds, Dr. Anderson and his team completed 3,000 harvests with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant system. Shown is the screen show showing the total elapsed time of the case, and the number of harvests performed by Dr. Anderson using the robotic technology.

This procedure was performed on August 16, 2016 by Dr. Ken Anderson, MD, at the Anderson Center for Hair in Atlanta, Georgia.

Is speed a good thing? Does it compromise quality?

About a month ago, when we did 1,239 harvests in an hour, I posted a screenshot of the computer screen on Facebook, and another hair restoration surgeon--one who does not offer FUE at all--made a comment about my post. His comment was, "Is it truly about setting "records"?- Or performing State of the Art, Natural Long-Lasting results? I wonder....."

I was doing a robot case this morning and I thought about this comment. This surgeon is very much correct, and I wanted to make a comment about it, because it seems even hair restoration surgeons themselves don't understand efficiency of robotic surgery vs. rushing a surgical procedure along for the sake of finishing sooner.
The surgeon is absolutely correct: it isn't about setting records at all. It's about achieving objective efficiency with a very complex tool. The ARTAS system is not like a car wash where you just stick a patient in and *presto* out come the grafts and there you go. It's simply a tool. Like a paintbrush. No tool can guarantee good or even acceptable results, no more than any given paintbrush is going to result in the most beautiful paintings. It's the skill, talent, dedication and experience of the person using the tool. In this case it's an entire surgical team working in concert to provide the most optimal results for every single patient. I've been doing FUE surgery since 2003, and I've had an ARTAS system since 2013. We are certainly not new to FUE. To assume that achieving efficiency somehow automatically compromises anything "state-of-the-art" or "natural, long-lasting results" implies a greater concern about speed than quality. In the case of FUE, speed = quality (obviously, if we assume the same quality of grafts are being produced). It's not a NeoGraft or other hand held instrument where you can simply aim less and work faster. You can't rush the robot along, and the grafts are consistent because it's a robot. It's not going to aim less and work faster; it doesn't have a mode setting for that. It's the ARTAS Workflow that's critical. It's what happens in between the grids; the ARTAS will complete the grid as fast as it wants to, with guidance by me of course. When the grid is done, it's the knowledge and experience of the surgical team that will determine how quickly the next grid is initiated. There is absolutely zero compromise of any of the grafts, nor the quality of the work, and as we're using Planet Earth's only robotic hair transplant machine, it's most certainly state-of-the-art. Efficiency is key, however, especially for large cases. The grafts sitting in the Petri dishes are technically slowly perishing, and limiting their ischemia time is critical. In large cases, it becomes a workflow concern as without efficient workflow, the grafts will be left outside the body and "in the dish" for significantly longer times, which will clearly reflect in the survival rate and overall final appearance of the patient. I think a lot of people, apparently even some practicing hair restoration surgeons, assume speed would compromise quality. This is a different paradigm, however, and efficient graft harvesting indicates an experienced surgical team, not a rushed, compromised procedure.


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09-28-2016, 03:57 PM
This is very educational and informative. And congrats to you and your team for the new record. :)
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