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Tiger Woods: Reborn
Dr. Masson's Story
You may have seen his remarkable comeback. You may think you know the story. But you haven't heard the full patient journey from the Tiger's mouth. Centinel Spine presents Tiger Woods—in his own words—on his spine, his surgery, and his incredible story.
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From a young age, Brian Gay led an active lifestyle and found his passion for playing golf, joining the PGA after college and racking up several PGA tour wins. Unfortunately, the start of back pain in 2008, made worse by a car accident in 2011, ultimately led to severe neck and arm discomfort that made it impossible for him to play golf over time—threatening his family's livelihood.
Per his doctor's recommendation, Brian underwent a total disc replacement procedure with prodisc C in October 2014 and was discharged from the hospital on the same day and able to walk immediately. By six weeks post-op, he was cleared to return to all activities.
Now, Brian has no limitations and competes professionally at a high level. Since his surgery in 2014, Brian has competed in over 70 PGA Tour events, 10 of which he finished in the top 10. In 2018, he elevated his game to a new level and finished the season ranking 48th in the FedEx Cup. Brian proudly notes, “I feel like my activity level is now a 10 out of 10! My recovery after prodisc C was amazing.”
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Dr. Robert Masson speaks of his experience not just as a Neurosurgeon who uses prodisc for his patients, but as a prodisc recipient who went through the patient journey himself.
After a trampoline accident resulted in a herniated cervical disc, Dr. Masson's ability to live an active lifestyle was severely curtailed. Once he began to feel numbness in his hand, affecting his confidence as a Neurosurgeon, he knew that it was time to become a patient himself.
In May 2013, Dr. Masson underwent a total disc replacement procedure with prodisc C and felt immediate pain relief—returning to daily activities and performing surgeries a mere 1 week after his own surgery. He has since climbed Mt. Kiliminjaro and placed and won in multiple IMSA Prototype autoracing events with his team, Performance Tech Motorsports.
See the story of this total transformation.
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Without a doubt I would recommend the surgery that I had because I have my life back.