The iMAS procedure was originally developed by Dr. Robert Masson in Orlando, FL in 2001. Dr. Masson has now done several thousand iMAS procedures.
The iMAS Procedure is a total procedural solution for minimally invasive lumbosacral spinal decompression, reconstruction and stabilization. Historically, all of the phases of spine surgery were compartmentalized individual solutions done through different products and phases of the case with little if any integration. iMAS differs in that all of the products and sequence of use of products are arranged synergistically as a complete Symphony Solution, maximizing objective and outcome, while reducing dramatically morbidity, complications, infections, length of time in surgery, incision size, blood loss, length of stay and ultimately time away from fitness, performance and life.
In a recent consecutive patient series of 100 one level decompression fusions with pedicle screw, interbody fusion and micro-decompression via a single wound, Dr. Masson averaged 53 minutes in surgery, 72 minutes of anesthesia time, 14 mm length incision, 117 cc of estimated blood loss, average length of stay 1.1 days in the hospital (many being done outpatient).
Dr. Masson, via his iMAS procedure has been credited with having the least invasive micro-reconstruction in the world. Dr.Masson, via his iMAS…and has developed more than 20 iMAS Centers of Excellence worldwide.
The iMAS Procedure is an advanced symphony solution integrating the technologically most sophisticated equipment and techniques. In its pure form, it is an image-guided, advanced microsurgical solution focusing on a specific 3D reconstructive plan designed to maximize the spatial characteristics around the spinal cord and nerve roots, preserving vital musculoskeletal function and attachments, while providing the most structurally sound spine reconstruction available in the world.
When combined with proper fitness and conditioning, prehabilitation, rehabilitation and physical training, even patients participating in rigorous hobbies and jobs are able to return to complete activity.
The procedure itself is not functionally limiting. It is the general physical health, conditioning and rehabilitation fulfillment which defines the future of the spine-injured patient.
Bio mechanical data and functional studies are being performed by the Masson Spine Institute in an ongoing effort to proactively define long-term outcome data for spinal reconstruction. The data is overwhelming that patients who prehab, maintain healthy weight status, avoid substance dependency, both narcotic and otherwise, and seek regular lifestyle maintenance, nutrition and fitness have a 7 to 1 rate of return to normal function after the iMAS Procedure as compared with the group who fails on the above commitments.