Dr Ray Woods, Sydney, Australia, Hair Transplant surgeon and inventor of FUE (FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION) and BHP (BODY HAIR TRANSPLANTATION) has yet again introduced a World First innovation, further enhancing patient understanding, control and magnified visualisation during their hair transplant operation.
Dr Woods is often frustrated and angered that so many patients are promised massive graft number, but in reality, only a fraction results in growing hair.
The reason if FUE is very difficult to perform, but due to patient demand worldwide, doctors who do not have the appropriate prerequisite ability, skill or ethical intention, still provide it creating massive donor site destruction in the process.
Dr Woods sees this regularly, and in the interests of patient safety and protection, he introduced M.O.D.E., Monitoring of Donor Extraction.
The patient can now visualise each and every follicle extracted, be aware of transection rates (damaged follicles) and check for unnecessary peripheral or collateral donor destruction, all under HIGH POWER MAGNIFICATION.
The concept is quire straight forward. During the extraction process, there are 3 monitors placed around and under the patient, so that he has a complete and thorough view of the screens, regardless of his position.
All monitors are connected to the Zeiss, OPMI Overhead Ophthalmic Microscope, and under high power magnification the patient can see every follicle extracted and constantly review in real time what is happening to their head.
Dr Woods has always stipulated that ALL doctors, himself included, should be accountable for each and every precious follicle removed, and especially for any harm or damage caused.
MODE (monitoring of donor extraction) can be used to visualise donor head hair, and all body hair procedures including chest, abdomen, arm, back, and beard.
Despite MODE being presented on forums with approximately 12,000 views and several hundred replies, and acclaimed for its role in patient protection and doctor accountability, no other doctor worldwide has adopted it.
Which is understandable, as MODE shines a bright light on the surgeons ability and allows the patient to accurately assess transection rates, intra operative progress and whether or not the promised “numbers” are actually being delivered and at what “true” price.
To date, MODE has a 100% patient participation and approval rate.
Dr Ray Woods continues to push the boundaries and innovate to provide transparency, excellence and patient safety.
MODE is an invaluable addition to his Declaration of Patient Rights, which still sets an unequalled standard worldwide.
The Woods Technique List of Patient’s Rights
These are the principals upon which The Woods Technique has been built. It is our profound hope that one day; this document will be the standard by which all doctors in the industry abide.
1. No Strip Excision to be performed or offered by the clinic
2. No assistants or technicians performing any part of the procedure. Only a 1 to 1 doctor patient ratio:
The day a patient decides to alter their appearance via hair transplantation is one of the most important days in their life. They deserve the absolute attention of a skilled micro surgeon throughout the entire removal and placement of every follicle.
3. No unfair legal disclaimer:
This allows lawyers to defend the indefensible results of poor surgery.
4. All doctors are to be fully trained, assessed and accredited according to a strict code of conduct, ethics and ability:
All surgery is to be performed according to highly skilled micro surgical standards and discipline.
5. Patient interaction and intra-operative monitoring of follicular placement
6. Largest instrument to be used for follicular placement in normal skin is a 21 gauge hypodermic needle
7. Random intra operative video assessment of follicular removal from the donor site verifying transaction rate directly to the patient
8 Donor Site Conservation and Protection:
Avoidance of follicular damage due to incorrect technique, inexperience and production line mentality
9 No intravenous sedation/analgesia
The patient should be aware, lucid, fully informed and interacting during the procedure. Drugs that significantly affect the patients’ ability to make decisions and interact must not be used.
10. Do No Harm
None of the above are subject to compromise.
Dr Ray Woods
275 Old Canterbury Road,
Summer Hill NSW 2203
Ph: 1300 655 543
Ph: +612 9560 0111
Fax: +612 9560 1986
Dr Ray Woods M.B.,B.S.,Dip.Obst
Dr. Ray Woods graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1982. He had wide experience in many areas of medicine including Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, and Internal Medicine, trauma, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatological surgery. However, he maintained a fascination with the concept of hair transplantation since he was 17 years old, and in 1989 decided to investigate the process.
Dr. Woods had envisaged the discipline to be a process of microsurgical follicular extraction, but found that worldwide best practice was extremely different and far removed from his vision. After witnessing close friends suffer the physical and psychological trauma of disfiguring hair transplant surgery, he began research and experimentation to create a new minimally invasive microsurgical follicular single unit extraction process, which did not exist anywhere in the world. As his work progressed, many thought his concept was impossible and impractical. Along with creating this new discipline, it was paramount to Dr. Woods to set new standards in ethics and accountability. Every aspect of this discipline was explored, developed and perfected, including intricate and complicated scar repair previously thought to be untreatable.
In 1995 the procedure was already achieving nationwide recognition in Australia, and in 1996 he presented to the Australian Association of Trichologists annual meeting. The procedure became known as "The Woods Technique" and was shown on an Australian national television medical program in April 1997. Many international publications and websites reported on the extraordinary breakthroughs. A second national television documentary was shown in March 2000 and demonstrated the cure of a cancer victim’s radiation scar to the scalp.
Further "world’s first" breakthroughs came in 1999 when Dr. Woods began transplanting body hair onto the scalp of balding men and those with severe scarring. The procedure was a great success but it was not until August 2002 that Dr. Woods realized that body hair transplanted to the head assumes the characteristics of normal scalp hair and grows to normal scalp lengths. This is one of the most innovative discoveries in dermatology, as well as hair transplant surgery.
In April 2002, Dr Ray Woods and Dr Woods Campbell held a seminar in Los Angeles, attended by some of the leading hair transplant authorities and doctors in the USA. Further seminars in October 2002, March 2003 and December 2003 were held in LA and New York. Their work has been showcased on numerous occasions on US television, as well as radio, journals, websites and newspapers around the world.
Dr. Ray Woods created an irreversible world wide trend toward minimally invasive microsurgical hair transplant surgery, and is recognized internationally as the innovator and world’s most experienced and leading expert in the field of Follicular Single Unit Extraction hair transplantation and related scar repair and body hair to scalp transplants.
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