New at MSI Digital Motion X-Ray


Orlando, FL, October 31, 2013 – The Masson Spine Institute of Orlando (MSI) recently added the Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) as an integral diagnostic instrument in our Orlando office.
 The DMX is the latest in cutting edge technology using diagnostic imaging that allows our Surgeons to view the spine in real-time motion. Fundamentally, it is a fluoroscopy-based x-ray system combined with digital and optic technology.  The DMX is able to detect spinal and joint injuries more accurately by digitizing the patient in motion. The DMX tests in motion because the injury itself occurs in motion and can be felt in motion, giving the clinicians a diagnostic edge over a static x-ray.

“DMX imaging gives us dynamic motion analysis capable of diagnosing the most complicated and difficult to find spinal injuries,” said Robert Masson, M.D.  “Our ability to find solutions for chronic mechanical spine pain continues to expand thanks to the best diagnostic technology coupled with advanced surgical solutions.”


The procedure is simply implemented with the patient standing and actively moving in a weight-bearing position within the DMX. Because of the advancements in digital technology, the levels of radiation are greatly reduced. This technology provides a clear, accurate image that allows the surgeon to detect abnormalities easily, documenting, and proving them.
The DMX is also able to recognize injuries to the ligaments which are often hard to detect; they are painful, progressive, and permanent. Ligamentous injuries are often caused by deceleration injuries for example, and sometimes may be overlooked.

The use of the DMX will help the clinicians with a more reliable diagnosis.

To find out more about the Digital Motion X-Ray, visit us online at; www. or call 407-649-8585.

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NYTimes: Knee or Hip Replacement Cuts Heart Risks

I want to introduce this article, understanding that there is no direct data reflecting spine surgery. On the other hand, this article clearly speaks to the implication that improved physical health is critical to the management of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Disabling spinal conditions clearly reduce physical health and we remain committed to improving the delivery and practice of state of the art spine surgery, inspired by our patient's COMMITMENT to work through the pain of recovery to achieve their maximal physical and ultimately LIFE health.

I passionately encourage you to keep going, don’t ever stop moving, your health depends on it.

Robert Masson, MD

New York Times Article

For people with severe arthritis, knee or hip replacement may have an added benefit: a reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Masson Joins Growing Bolder

Bolder Broadcasting, Inc. and Robert L. Masson, M.D., an internationally recognized neurosurgeon and founder of Masson Spine Institute, announce a new multi-platform partnership to inspire and promote positive lifestyle change in people of all ages.

Spine Fellowship in Interpedicular Minimal Access Surgery

his fellowship will cover all of the below, in addition to advanced degenerative cervical spine surgery options including endoscopic, atraumatic anterior approaches, custom partial corpectomy’s and cervical arthroplasty.

Several landmark studies need to be performed and pertinent literature added for advanced minimally invasive spine surgery not only utilizing decompression strategies, but stabilization and fusion strategies as well. A CV from prospective applicants will be considered for appointment.

Considerations in Minimally invasive decompression and reconstruction - Thoracic and Lumbar

  1. Microsurgical anatomy of the interpedicular space
    • a. preforamenal, foraminal and postforamenal segments of each nerve root
    • b. relationship of the foramen and nerve root to the cephald pedicle for advanced minimally invasive foramenal decompression
    • c. relationship of disc space to caudal pedicle for management of lateral and far lateral discetomy, and trans-foramenal interbody fusion options
  2. Management of muscle and retractors
  3. Percutaneous fluoroscopic headless pedicle screw placement and use of the pedicle screw as a neuronavigation tool
  4. Trans-foramenal Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)
  5. Interpedicular foramenal microdecompression vs. traditional central decompression (laminectomy)
  6. Dorsal segmental onlay fusion options given preservation of dorsal bone anatomy
  7. Multi-level Intervertebral Reconstruction Decompression
  8. Atraumatic Segmental Deformity Correction and Percutaneous Instrumentation options
  9. Stabilization options- rigid vs dynamic
  10. Percutaneous and endoscopic spine surgery
  11. Biologics and Stem-cell technology
  12. Case review and Clinical decision-making
  13. Advanced use of fluoroscopy and the future of neuronavigation
  14. Endoscopic decompression/stabilization/fusion options

Spine Surgeons Skilled Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The Masson Spine Institute and Dr. Robert Masson are announcing a vacancy for an associate position in Orlando, FL. The ideal candidate is Board Eligible/Certified in Neurological or Orthopedic Surgery and is interested in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. The candidate must be eager to learn and advance not only the skills but the understanding of spinal disease and clinical symptomatology at the highest level. We are looking for a young, eager, enthusiastic, and passionate individual who is striving to make an impact on the future of spine care in both conservative and surgical care arena’s.

The candidate will start at a salaried position, and shall earn a profit-sharing role when his revenues exceed his costs of hiring. The ideal candidate must be able to mature his own practice and participate in the community as a leader in his field while being able to absorb and navigate an extremely competitive market. Their success should come from excellence in practice performance and patient management skills. Committed, skilled, and competitive candidates only need to apply. Please contact Masson Spine Institute of Orlando if interested.

The Benefits of Optimism on Surgery Recovery

“Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” – Bruce Lee

Optimism is the hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something. And while many view optimism as just a state-of-mind, it can actually play a key role in the overall well-being of a person’s health and can even impact the recovery process of a patient who undergoes surgery.

How optimism relates to health

According to Harvard Health Publishing, multiple studies from the U.S. and Europe have shown that optimism helps recover from surgery and helps in coping with disease. Within these studies, research revealed that having a positive outlook early in life can lower the death rate during follow-up periods of surgery and can predict better health. Other studies have directly linked positive thinking and having a positive outlook on a situation to reduced symptoms, reduced pain, and reduced stress levels.

The science behind the connection

The Fear-Avoidance Model, or FAM, is a model that has been used in studies that have helped explain the development of pain and disabilities. FAM suggests that an individual's perception of pain can initiate the development of pain and disabilities by affecting the cycle of fear-avoidance behaviors; if one fears pain or sees it as a threat that contributes to higher pain and reduced function compared to those who views pain as nonthreatening. Using this model, studies were able to compare the health outcomes of those with positive outlooks on pain versus those with a negative view.

Benefits of optimism for surgery recovery

The process of recovering from surgery can be a difficult one. Along with physical preparations, mental preparations are necessary as well. Having a positive outlook on the process of recovery, having confidence in the recovery process and reaching the optimal outcome after recovery allows a patient to stay patient with the process, make better decisions for their health, and trust that the recovery process is not only working but will lead them to their goal of being fully recovered.

The benefits of optimism on surgery recovery can be compared to sports. When a team is confident in their skills and stays focused on the ‘win’, it motivates them to perform at their very best so as to reach that final outcome of winning a competition, trophy, or title.

How to be more optimistic about the surgery

Adapting an optimistic mindset can be easier than one thinks. A few ways to help have a more optimistic outlook on surgery recovery include:

  • Thinking positive thoughts about the surgery
  • Focusing on the outcome
  • Having confidence in your surgeon, doctors, and yourself
  • Avoid comparing your recovery process with others
  • Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle

At Masson Spine Institute, when more conservative approaches fail to deliver the desired result, additional intervention in the form of surgery becomes a viable option. Surgery, however, is never the end-all.

Properly performed, it can take you from a dead end, a road to nowhere, to a road to somewhere positive. But it’s just the beginning of the new road; it’s not the ultimate destination. There’s a new journey that begins post-surgery and that journey requires commitment to fitness, commitment to movement, commitment to nutrition and commitment to positive energy. The more fully a patient understands and realizes the importance of these personal commitments, the more likely his or her surgery will be a success.

The Most Empowering Message of All

Road the Recovery

Dr. Robert Masson M.D.

When we evaluate a patient at the Masson Spine Institute, we look closely at everything that contributes to any functional disability. We try various therapies, exercise, pain management, holistic care, anti-inflammatories, and more. When these more conservative approaches fail to deliver the desired result, additional intervention in the form of surgery becomes a viable option.

Surgery, however, is never the end-all. Properly performed, it can take you from a dead end, a road to nowhere, to a road to somewhere positive. But it’s just the beginning of the new road; it’s not the ultimate destination. There’s a new journey that begins post-surgery and that journey requires a commitment to fitness, commitment to the movement, commitment to nutrition, and commitment to positive energy. The more fully a patient understands and realizes the importance of these personal commitments, the more likely his or her surgery will be a success.

Today’s surgical techniques are better and less invasive than ever before, leading to the opportunity for a much quicker, less painful, and more complete recovery. Patients cannot only regain the pain-free movement and mobility that they had years ago, they can be better than ever. But the ultimate result, the extent of recovery, is dependent upon the patient’s level of commitment before and after surgery. This is a message that some patients don’t want to hear because it involves personal responsibility, but I believe it’s the most empowering message of all because to a large extent, we are all in control of our health destiny.

It’s important to understand that surgery is never a magic bullet that miraculously restores a healthy, active lifestyle. It can provide the opportunity for extreme recovery, but it must be accompanied by positive lifestyle modification and personal commitment. If surgery doe become necessary, my job is to not only perform the least invasive surgery possible but to help motivate the patient to embrace positive lifestyle change.

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