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Dr. Anthony Yeung Presents at 2011 Brain Mapping Conference

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Dr. Christopher Yeung and the Arizona Diamondbacks

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Dr. Anthony Yeung Receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr. Anthony Yeung featured on azfamily.com

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Tips from a Spine Surgeon to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

By Nima Salari, MD

I have the privilege to see, evaluate, and treat patients from all walks of life. Despite the difference in sex, age, and every category imaginable, they all present with similar questions and concerns. Why do I hurt? What is the cause of the pain? How can I alleviate it? How can I prevent it?

I try to spend as much time with my patients to answer these questions. The reasons for the pain can be related to a multitude of sources. The treatments can vary just as much and we make every effort to customize our treatment plan to the individual patient.

Some answers remain universal, however. Those answers relate to steps patients can take on their own to either prevent neck and back pain or help improve their symptoms.

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Dr. Anthony Yeung: What surgeons need to know about reimbursement, training in endoscopic spine surgery

beckerslogoWritten by Alan Condon | March 11, 2020

Spine surgeon Anthony Yeung, MD, recently retired from Phoenix-based Desert Institute Spine Care, where his son Chris Yeung, MD, is spearheading the practice.

In the 1990s, he developed the Yeung Endoscopic Spine System, which has continued to evolve as an outpatient procedure. Now, Dr. Yeung is focusing on publishing details of his experience in more than 11,000 spine cases since he began his career in 1991.

Here, Dr. Yeung discusses the development of endoscopic spine surgery, the importance of surgical training and reimbursement shackles associated with the technique.

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7 DOs and DON’Ts After Spine Surgery

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By Nima Salari, MD

Having surgery is a major step for any patient. Even with the shortest and simplest of surgeries, patients should follow instructions as discussed with their surgeon. This is a time to focus on healing and completing the plan set out with your care provider.

Every patient receives a packet with information about their planned surgery. I highly encourage you to look through the packet as it may answer many questions or raise others. Here is a list of DOs and DON’Ts to consider as you go through your recovery process.

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Dr. Nima Salari on Money Radio

Dr. Nima Salari was on the ‘Business for Breakfast’ show, on Money Radio, Monday December 9. Dr. Salari talks about some of his new spine surgery techniques involving 3D implants. He explains how this can minimize the invasiveness of a spine surgery by allowing him to actually visualize the surgery, utilizing 3D models of a patient’s spine, which can then provide him with the perfect size and placement of the implants.

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The Legendary Dr. Anthony Yeung Announces His Retirement

DISC TeamDr. Anthony Yeung, DISC Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and the Executive Director for the International Intradiscal Therapy Society (IITS), announced his retirement in an official statement on the IITS website. Below is an excerpt from the announcement.

“2019 was time for me to finally stop operating (at age 78) to focus my time on publishing my extensive experience of over 11,000 cases since 1991. I became very comfortable that my legacy will be carried on my son Chris Yeung and his team of fellowship trained spine surgeons with similar interest and in house training in MIS spine at our ASC, Squaw Peak Surgical Facility. The DISC team put together by Chris Yeung provides a wide spectrum of spine surgery options based on what is best for their patients Using training in open MIS spine surgery and endoscopic spine surgery. It was time to finally officially retire.”

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Dr. Christopher Yeung honored as an Integrity Tiger

Dr. Christopher Yeung was honored as an Integrity Tiger at the 2019 Integrity Tiger Summit. Business and community leaders gathered at the summit to discuss how to lead with integrity and why it’s important to raise the role of integrity in their organizations.

BEING AN INTEGRITY TIGER ™ MEANS YOU MAKE INTEGRITY THE FIRST, LAST AND OVERRIDING CONSIDERATION IN ALL DECISIONS AND YOU STAND STRONG FOR INTEGRITY WHEN OTHERS DO NOT.

Amplify Surgical’s dualX hits 100-level use milestone

beckerslogoWritten by Laura Dyrda | October 08, 2019

Amplify Surgical launched its dualX earlier this year and it has now been implanted in 100 surgical levels.

Yong Kim, MD, performed the milestone case at NYU Langone Health in New York City. Ali Najafi, MD, a neurosurgeon in Fresno, Calif., and Nima Salari, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Phoenix, have also performed several cases using dualX.

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Dr. Salari explains the benefits of utilizing the 3D planning tools in Medacta’s MySpine MC platform

CASTEL SAN PIETRO, Switzerland(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medacta International, an international company specializing in the design and production of innovative orthopaedic products and the development of accompanying surgical techniques, today announced its MySpine Midline Cortical (MC) platform has been recognized as this year’s “Best Healthcare Navigation / Robotics Solution” by MedTech Breakthrough. MySpine MC is Medacta®’s patient-matched, 3D printed solution in the midline cortical approach, tailored to the patient’s anatomy to allow for greater accuracy in pedicle screw positioning through pre-operative planning and intra-operative guidance tools. Medacta’s Midline Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) procedure utilizes a muscle sparing, single midline incision through which all screws and interbodies are inserted, reducing operating times, radiation exposure and cost while improving predictability of clinical outcomes.

“We are honored to have MySpine MC recognized by MedTech Breakthrough as one of this year’s most innovative medical technologies,” said Francesco Siccardi, CEO of Medacta International. “MySpine MC combines Medacta’s expertise in 3D planning tools with its industry-leading patient-matched guides to create a seamless, start-to-finish platform perfect for orthopedic surgeons looking to enter the personalized spine surgery space in the outpatient or inpatient setting.”

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Desert Institute for Spine Care Announces First Patient Implant in Arizona and the entire Southwest of the Next-Generation M6-C Artificial Cervical Disc Designed to Treat Cervical Disc Degeneration

The M6-C Disc is the Only Artificial Disc Available in the US That Offers Compression Like a Natural Disc

Phoenix, Arizona – May 15, 2019 – Desert Institute for Spine Care today announced the first implant in Arizona of a patient with the M6-C™ artificial cervical disc. Dr. Christopher A. Yeung performed the procedure on a 46 -year-old female patient suffering from cervical disc degeneration with a herniated disc. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the M6-C disc was designed as an innovative option for patients needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. Featuring a shock-absorbing nucleus and fiber annulus that work together to mimic the anatomic structure of a natural disc, the M6-C device is the only artificial cervical disc available in the U.S. that enables compression or “shock absorption” at the implanted level. The disc also provides a controlled range of motion when the spine transitions in its combined complex movements.

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