Robotic Assisted Hair Transplants – Will Restoration Robotics’ ARTAS System Revolutionize Surgical Hair Restoration?
April 27, 2011
Inventing devices to automate surgical hair restoration is nothing new. Both hair transplant physicians and patients alike recognize the tremendous potential in developing machinery that can make the hair transplant process more efficient, and more patient friendly.
In a perfect world, the ability to automate hair transplantation would not only create more consistent and possibly superior surgical outcomes for patients, but it would also lower the cost to a more universally
palatable price point.
Not too long after Spencer Kobren introduced the work of Australian hair transplant pioneer, Dr. Ray Woods, to the North American hair transplant community, the race was on to evolve and to improve upon a surgical technique which would prove to revolutionize the field of hair restoration surgery, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
For many in the field, changing the infrastructure of their practices and taking the time to learn this labor intensive technique, was not practical. However, as FUE evolved, more physicians were willing to slowly incorporate the technique, offering patients broader options in their quest to restore their hair. [Read more]
April 22, 2011
Michael S. Irwig, MD is an endocrinologist at the Medical Faculty Associates in George Washington University, he is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Irwig recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that dealt with Post Finasteride Syndrome (PFS), which is a relatively unknown and misunderstood phenomenon. Prior to the publication of Dr. Irwig’s study, this topic for the most part had only been discussed on various online support groups dealing with this issue.
While Dr. Irwig admits that the study has its limitations, he thought it was an important first step in understanding why a small subset of men are unable to tolerate finasteride and suffer with persistent sexual side effects, when a large percentage of men seem to do very well on the drug.
Irwig interviewed 71 men aged 21 to 46 using a diagnostic tool known as the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale (ASEX). While the study might not have been what many in medicine would consider truly scientific, the data collected was certainly compelling.
Spencer Kobren recently took the time to speak with Dr. Irwig about his findings on Post Finasteride Syndrome.
April 12, 2011
The hair loss community is in a panic, and our email boxes are full with correspondence from frightened hair loss sufferers from around the world.
According to reports on a recent study originally published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who choose to take the drug finasteride to treat their hair loss are playing russian roulette with their sex lives. Some researchers, anti-Propecia blogs, and the mainstream media assert either accept hair loss or risk permanent impotence by attempting to treat it.
According to the latest study conducted by Dr. Michael Irwig and his team at George Washington University Medical School, 92 percent of study participants reported developing erectile dysfunction after taking finasteride, with 94 percent reporting that they experienced low sexual desire, 92
percent reporting a decline in sexual arousal and 69 percent claimed trouble achieving an orgasm.
Well, these findings shouldn’t be too surprising especially since 100 percent of the study participants were men who reported suffering sexual dysfunction after taking the drug finasteride prior to participating in the study. [Read more]