Why Do Patients Choose DISC Spine Surgeons in Arizona?

Simple – Because What DISC Offers is Not Available Anywhere Else!

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) is the recognized worldwide leader and pioneer of endoscopic spine surgery in Phoenix, AZ, for over 20 years. Endoscopic spine surgery is the least invasive surgical intervention that gets proven results and patients back to work and play sooner.

Patients, professional athletes, and our physician peers choose DISC surgeons for many reasons, however, four distinct reasons distinguish us from other practices:

  • The DISC Mission: Provide patients suffering in pain with consistent outcomes – long-term pain relief, and improved physical function so they can enjoy life again!
  • The DISC Philosophy: To utilize the least invasive yet most effective treatments available to restore, revitalize, and rejuvenate our patients’ active lifestyles.
  • DISC Personalized Pain Mapping: Pinpointing the pain generator through diagnostic and therapeutic pain injections to accurately diagnose the patient’s spine condition.
  • DISC Surgical Innovation: Our founder, Anthony Yeung, MD (retired) developed the first arthroscopic/endoscopic spine instrumentation called the Yeung Endoscopic Surgery System (YESS). He also developed a group of innovative surgical procedures called Endoscopic Spine Surgery, and an orthopedic subspecialty called Surgical Pain Management.
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Endoscopic Spine Surgery Benefits

Our founder, Dr. Anthony Yeung pioneered, and developed the first true arthroscopic spine surgery instrument system called the Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS). Endoscopic spine surgery has revolutionized the future of spine surgery, resulting in better patient outcomes.

This ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery is the most effective surgical technique that relieves a herniated disc, low back pain, and sciatica. Because it utilizes a 1/4 inch incision, patients recover faster than minimally invasive spine surgery.

  • Less than a ¼ Inch Incision – Smallest in Spine Surgery
  • Less Post-Operative Pain
  • Faster Return to Work
  • Less Tissue Damage and Scarring
  • Conscious Sedation – No General Anesthesia Needed, Reduces Risk
  • Reduced Need or Dependency for Post-Op Narcotic Pain Medication
  • Spine Fusion Alternative

Medical Tourism – Patients Choose to Travel to DISC

Medical tourism or traveling for surgery is increasing as patients are researching online all the medical/surgical options open to them through professional referrals and multiple medical opinions worldwide.

There are many reasons that patients consider medical tourism:

  • Affordability
  • Access to Immediate Care
  • New Technology or Less Invasive Surgery
  • Higher Quality of Care
  • Surgeon/Surgical Facility Reputation for Results

For example, we have had many Canadian citizens travel abroad to DISC for surgery they cannot get in Canada due to a lack of innovative procedures and delays. In fact, the average wait time orthopedic surgery in Alberta and British Columbia are 61 and 42 weeks respectively. At DISC, we can work patients into our schedule within a few weeks.

Learn More Why Canadians Travel for Spine Surgery

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Coordinated For Your Convenience

Every year, we treat patients from all over the United States and internationally who travel to DISC. Seamlessly coordinated spine care allows patients to be seen a week at a time, diagnosed, and receive surgical care. Because our patients travel to see our surgeons, we make the process easy for them and their families to best utilize their time away from home. We can coordinate all appointments from the initial visit to surgery and follow-up before discharging you to travel home safely.

Our concierge experience will see you through appointments, treatment and always consider your medical needs and individual preferences. We want you to feel welcomed and at home while visiting Desert Institute for Spine Care.

Our professional staff can recommend local hotels offering discounts for DISC patients. We have developed a resources page for our travel patients highlighting Phoenix-area restaurants and attractions you may be interested in while visiting. Many travel to DISC and Phoenix because it is a leading vacation destination with warm average temperatures between 60- and 100-degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the time of year you travel.

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Why do Patients Travel to DISC in Phoenix AZ?

Desert Institute for Spine Care is pleased to offer medical travel options for your spine care needs. We will coordinate your care from start to finish.

Here are a few reasons our patients choose to travel sometimes thousands of miles to see our surgeons:

  • Worldwide Physician Referral Network – our surgeons have lectured and trained many surgeons from around the world and often get referrals from them.
  • Our Endoscopic Spine Surgery Expertise
  • Our Medical/Clinical Reputation for Results
  • Medical Tourism Program – ease of scheduling appointments, online second opinion and working around patient’s schedules for travel
  • Phoenix, AZ is a Desired Medical Tourism Destination

Patients have come from all over the world to receive care at DISC: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

See What Our Patients Are Saying!

Don’t just take our word for it. See what patients of DISC are saying about their experiences with our highly-skilled spine surgeons.

8,228 Reviews
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Schedule an Appointment with DISC and Get Back to Living

If you are seeking a second opinion or looking to travel for a less invasive surgery, our orthopedic spine specialists in Phoenix are available to help you get an accurate spine diagnosis and customize an innovative treatment plan to get back to enjoying life. Schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate expert spine surgeons today.


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