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Questions About NHI’s Surgical Technicians

Dr Rassman

Do all NHI’s surgical technicians have valid, unrevoked, or unsuspended certificates/licenses?

Do they place the grafts in the receptor sites during HT surgery? And if they do, is the surgeon in the room all the time with his HT patient, supervising that process of grafts transplant?

Yes, NHI surgical technicians are highly trained and operate under the license of Drs. Pak and Rassman. There is no certificate or license in this field other than general medical assistance training.

The technicians do place the grafts. More importantly, all of our technicians receive specialized training at NHI and are supervised.

 

In the News - Singer Joey Fatone Had a Hair Transplant

Snippet from the article:

Former ‘N Sync star Joey Fatone has undergone hair transplant surgery after experiencing premature balding.

The singer agreed to try out the hair restoration treatment, courtesy of bosses at medical firm Bosley, and he’s been so impressed by the results, he has signed on as the new face of the brand.

He says, “It (the surgery) was pretty intimidating. That’s life, but the beautiful thing is that now you can do something about it.”

Read the rest — Joey Fatone undergoes hair transplant

 

Around the Web - Some of the Craziest Baldness Cures in History

Snippet from the article:

When your hairline starts to retreat, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep your head from turning into a volleyball. If Rogaine fails you, there are always these quack remedies from the past.

1. Ancient Egypt
According to The Ebers Papyrus (a medical script from c. 1550 BCE), mix the fat of a hippo with some crocodile, tomcat, snake, and ibex fat. If that fails, boil porcupine hair and apply it to your scalp for four days.

2. Ancient Greece
Hippocrates swore by a mixture of opium, horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot, and spices. If that’s not your cup of tea, stick to Aristotle’s method—goat urine.

Read the rest at Mental Floss — 14 of History’s Craziest Baldness Cures

There are some really nutty “cures” that have obviously not worked, and this list of 14 is pretty wild. I guess people were eager (or at least willing) to smear various animals’ fecal matter on their heads in order to regrow hair.

 

Why Aren’t You In the American Hair Loss Association?

Great blog. thanks for all of your advice and help to those of us who are dealing with this issue. I know that you are well known in the field and was wondering why your practice was not listed on the American Hair Loss Association website that listed physicians who perform surgeries.

I do not contribute money to them or participate in their activities, but I am sure they know who I am. Clearly, their list of surgeons doing this type of work is incomplete.

I’ve written many times about some of these associations and their credentialing methods, most recently in these posts:

 

In the News - Singer Robbie Williams Had a Hair Transplant But Didn’t Need One?

Snippet from the article:

Singer Robbie Williams has revealed he had a hair transplant despite not needing one.

The 39-year-old made the admission while chatting about how living in Los Angeles had rubbed off on him during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which airs on Friday evening.

He said: ‘I’ve lived in LA for a long time and they say, ‘If you sit in a barber’s shop for long enough you will get a hair cut.’ Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you’re going to get some surgery.

Read the rest — Robbie Williams reveals he had a hair transplant despite not needing it after succumbing to LA lifestyle

Nobody really needs a hair transplant (it is an elective cosmetic procedure), but it looks like his hairline corners were going back a little before the surgery and are now filled in. Either way…

 

Not Hair Loss News - Heart Disease and Erectile Dysfunction in Younger Men

Snippet from the interview:

“Erectile dysfunction is something that we haven’t talked about much in the cardiology office, but we are finding that it is a harbinger of coronary artery diseases. For instance, if you are a 70-year-old man with erectile dysfunction, your risk for coronary disease is increased one to 1.4 times, but if you are a 40-year-old man with erectile dysfunction your risk for coronary disease is 40 to 50 times higher.”

Read the rest — Erectile Dysfunction: Harbinger of Heart Disease?

The above quote comes from a Q&A with Dr Stephen Kopecky (professor of medicine and consultant in preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic), so I wanted to highlight it here.

I am a strong believer that early identification of coronary artery disease can save your life, so if you are under 50 years old and have ED, then you should see a cardiologist.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our office is closed today and tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. We’ll be back on Monday!

Turkey

 

Not Hair Loss News - FDA Halts 23andMe’s DNA Testing Service

Snippet from the article:

23andMe Inc., the Google Inc.-backed DNA analysis company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, was told by U.S. regulators to halt sales of its main product because it’s being sold without “marketing clearance or approval.”

The Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service, or PGS, tells users whether they carry a disease, are at risk of a disease and would respond to a drug. Most of the uses fall into the category of a medical device and require Food and Drug Administration approval, the agency told the Mountain View, California-based company in a Nov. 22 letter made public today.

Read the rest — FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe to Halt DNA Test Service

I subscribe to this service and such an action by the FDA is very disappointing. This is an inexpensive service ($200) that allows you to look at your genome and compare it to others with various diseases and genetic traits. Most of my family uses it, and it gives us the security that only good data can provide.

 

In the News - USA Today Investigates Quack Cancer Doctor

Snippet from the article:

Clinging to hope, the Linden, N.J., couple took Josia to see Stanislaw Burzynski, a Houston doctor claiming to be able to do what no one else can: cure inoperable pediatric brainstem tumors.

Virtually any other doctor might have recited the same sad statistics: Although doctors can now cure 83% of pediatric cancers in the U.S., there is usually no hope for kids with Josia’s tumor. Perhaps 5% survive five years.

Burzynski — an internist with no board certification or formal training in oncology — has said publicly that he can cure half of the estimated 200 children a year diagnosed with brainstem tumors. The Cottos were told that treatment could cost over $100,000, mostly out of pocket, because insurance plans often refuse to cover Burzynski Clinic treatments.

Read the full story (or watch the video at this link) — Doctor accused of selling false hope to families

USA Today has an interesting exposé about an alternative medicine practitioner that is peddling his snake oils to cancer patients, even with the National Cancer Institute saying that he hasn’t cured any patients and he has nothing about his claims published in a respected, peer-reviewed medical journal.

 

Any New Opinions on Creatine and Hair Loss?

Hello Dr. Rassman,

Through the search feature on the site, I have read about previous questions that asked about creatine and hair loss. It seems like you addressed the topic of increasing DHT being a potential issue, however, you seemed to believe that it didn’t have a direct correlation as shown in this question here (link).

My question is, do you have any new knowledge, updates or opinions on creatine and hair loss? Any information would help, as the last time this topic was discussed seemed to be at least 3 years ago.

Thanks!

I have no new knowledge or opinions on creatine. I personally do no think it affects hair, but I am sure you can find plenty of sites that say different. If it worries you enough, then maybe you should take a conservative approach.