https://newhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/nhi-medical-356px.png 0 0 William Rassman, M.D. https://newhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/nhi-medical-356px.png William Rassman, M.D.2007-08-07 15:36:052007-08-07 15:36:12Donor Scarring, Suture vs Staples, and Other Hair Transplant Questions
Hi, Dr. Rassman.
Some more issues:
- Your book says the Monocryl suture can produce a fine surgical scar superior to metal staples and is less painful and more convenient to remove (since it doesn’t have to be removed…) If this is the case, why would stapling even still be used? Is it a matter of closing the wound as fast as possible?
- Regarding scarring of the donor site, if scalp laxity can be measured before hand, why do people even end up with donor sites that cannot be completely closed?
- Do you always remove a 1 x 15cm strip, and use all the FU’s, however much that turns out to be? Somewhere it is written that if I leave the session open-ended, more hair can be harvested. But don’t you close the donor site before proceeding with the transplants?
- Tell me some more about the risks and the rates of complications. What percentage of the grafts transplanted at NHI typically grow? How much variability is there?
I am, as you would say, “doing my homework…”
- I have changed my mind on the use of staples. The Monocryl did produce some reaction in some patients which may have increased scarring. With regard to laxity measurements, there is presently no instrument available that will measure it (other than one we are presently testing) and laxity is often a judgment call by the experienced surgeon.
- The size of the donor strip depends upon the number of grafts you need and this is a math calculation based upon the density of the hair (see Patient’s Guide â€” How Many Grafts Will I Need?).
- I tell people to keep it open ended if possible so that a more generous strip may yield more grafts and then we can place higher densities.
- With regard to the risks of any transplant surgeon, I wrote a book on this and can not replicate that book here. Our informed consent document defines those risks for our surgery patients in enough detail to manage what MIGHT happen, not what probably will happen. Most, if not all, of the grafts should grow after a transplant with a good surgeon and experienced transplant team.