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Dr. Christopher Yeung and the Arizona Diamondbacks

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DISC’s own Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. Nima Salari, was the first in the United States to perform a surgery utilizing Medacta International’s “MySpine MC” technique. Below is an excerpt from the full article on Business Wire:

Dr. Salari’s patient, the first to undergo surgery with MySpine MC, had dynamic spondylolisthesis at the L4/L5 level with severe spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication, complicated by a history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “Given my patient’s condition and history,” Dr. Salari said, “I needed a minimally invasive option that would allow for a wide central decompression reinforced by excellent stabilization. We also needed to minimize anesthesia time for the patient, so it needed to be quick. The ability to pre-plan the surgery and work with a product that had been fully customized for the patient proved incredibly valuable. The surgery was fast, the screw placement was accurate, and the fixation was reliable. To top it off, we were able to reduce the need for intra-operative fluoroscopy, limiting the patient’s radiation exposure.”

Medacta International's MySpine MC technique

Read the full article: Medacta International Introduces New Approach to Posterior Lumbar Midline Cortical Screw Placement with Customizable MySpine MC Surgical Guides

Dr. Yeung provides the commencement address to the Chinese Linguistic School about the importance of learning foreign languages in eluding Chinese. He instills the importance of Chinese ethnicity to the students and the importance of being the Best of the Best.

Dr. Yeung speaks at grand opening of Dr. Chen Hua Chen multidisciplinary spine health clinic in Taiwan.Dr. Anthony Yeung travelled to Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Pain Society, an Academic Society of professors of Pain Management, Anesthesiologists, and who is expanding membership to include Endoscopic Spine surgeons.

There he attended the grand opening of a multidisciplinary spine health clinic by Clide (Chen Hua Chen), one of his neurosurgical endoscopic fellows, who opened three multidisciplinary clinics in Taiwan.

Dr. Yeung commended the new neurorestoration center for the belief and practice that Traditional and Western Medicine could work together, a more accepted viewpoint in Asian countries than in North America and Europe.

Watch the Video: Dr. Yeung Gives Encouragement for New Neurorestoration Center

RISE-FieldHere is the latest Medical Minute for Dr.Justin Field talking about RISE, the instrumentation he and Dr. Christopher Yeung developed. This instrument is significant because it is inserted in a small opening and can expand the tip once inside the patient to provide greater disc height than previously possible before, more similar to the anatomical position of their spine prior to the injury or degeneration.

Dr. Anthony Yeung has given this Master Talk at multiple International Spine Meetings throughout 2017 in order to educate and advocate about the advantages of minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery.

Master Talk: The Role of Endoscopic Surgery in the Treatment of Painful Degenerative Conditions of the Lumbar Spine

In this talk, Dr. Anthony Yeung speaks about the role of endoscopic spine surgery in the treatment of painful degenerative lumbar spine conditions and shares his 27 years experience regarding endoscopic spine surgery and where the procedure’s future is headed.

Dr. Yeung speaks at the 2017 China Forum on Functional NeurosurgeryThe China Forum on Functional Neurosurgery held an International meeting on September 16-17, 2017. The program’s agenda of Morning Plenary Sessions consisted of invited foreign experts from the USA, Canada, France, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Chinese members of the Chinese Institute provided the plenary Session on functional neurosurgery by futuristic talks by their Chinese faculty members.

On this occasion, Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery was, for the first time, an integral part of the main meeting in plenary sessions that included presentations on Endoscopic spine surgery by Dr. Anthony Yeung, from the USA and Dr. Gun Choi from South Korea, and Girish Datar, all students of Dr. Yeung. All three are key opinion leaders on endoscopic spine surgery.

Dr. Yeung covered the rationale of his selective endoscopic discectomy, a technique for surgically treating the pain generators in the lumbar spine by reviewing the role of chymopapain mediated intradiscal therapy. Selective endoscopic discectomy technique was trademarked by Dr. Yeung to represent the concept of “surgical pain management” for a wide spectrum of painful patho-anatomy in the lumbar spine.

Continue Reading: China’s Functional Neurosurgery Forum adds Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery to their 2017 Meeting Agenda

New sub-societies are being established in China and Taiwan, as Dr. Anthony Yeung steps up training all over the world. One such society is the “Yeung Fellow’s Endoscopic Spine Society,” in China made up of his spine fellows and other physicians who are embracing the YESS endoscopic technique. A parallel “Academic Yeung” is also being formed for the Taiwanese Spine Surgeons currently being trained by Dr. Yeung.

The “Yeung Fellow’s Endoscopic Spine Society” is led by its President, Xifeng Zhang, M.D, PhD. and was formally ratified at the Chinese Functional Neurosurgical Forum (CFNF) meeting along with the publication of a Mammary book and with a full reception. The Society was able to get Chinese government approval for the scientific society–a monumental achievement.

In a surprise special event at the Chinese Functional Neurosurgical Forum attended by 800 neurosurgeons, non-surgeons, and attendees, Dr. Yeung was honored with a presentation as well as given the opportunity to introduced spine surgery for their Society.

Dr. Anthony Yeung recently traveled to Ningbo, China, to teach his techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Yeung’s visit drew over 150 surgeons from East China!

Translated from the “Ningbo Daily News”

“Inventor of Spine Endoscope Came to Ningbo to Teach; Drew more than 150 surgeons from East China to Learn”

“In many people’s eyes, spine surgery is regarded as a high-risk surgery. If not carefully performed, it may cause irreversible paralysis. Since the time spine endoscope and surgery technique was invented, surgeons now can perform spine surgery under visual condition that significantly reduced such risk. Yesterday, the inventor of spine endoscope and surgery technique, Dr. Anthony Yeung, visited Ningbo to teach and drew more than 150 surgeons to attend the training.


Dr. Anthony Yeung, Chief Medical Officer of HJY-YESS, Professor of University of New Mexico, world renowned spine endoscopic surgeon, inventor of spine endoscope and surgery technique, elected top 100 surgeons of 2015 in USA, more than 25 years clinical experiences and exceeded 10,000 procedures, came to Ningbo to teach. The training was also co-sponsored by Yinzhou People’s hospital, Ningbo Medical Association-Orthopedic Chapter, and Ningbo Chinese-Western Medical Joint Commission- Orthopedic chapter.

At this point of time, minimally invasive spine surgery has been widely carried out in many major hospitals of east China. In Ningbo, it’s estimated about 10,000 cases of MISS was performed annually.”

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Journal of SpineDrs. Anthony T. Yeung, Christopher A. Yeung, Nima Salari, and Justin Field of DISC, along with James Navratil and Harrison Maio, have recently published an article in the Journal of Spine, an Open Access, peer reviewed, academic journal that provides a complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas of the field.

The article is titled “Lessons Learned Using Local Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery” and focuses on 9 main lessons that these surgeons have encountered while utilizing local anesthesia during minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery to relieve spine pain – chief among them that operating under local anesthesia allows the patient to respond and provide feedback during surgery that is invaluable for patient safety and for the assessment of the pain generators and ultimately understanding of the source of pain that the surgeon is targeting.

To learn more, please download and read the full article here: “Lessons Learned Using Local Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery”

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