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4th WCIITS Hands-On Workshop Program

Surgical Pain Management and Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Access Workshop

World Conference of International Intradiscal Therapy Society (WCIITS) announces the Fourth Comprehensive Surgical Pain Management and Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Access Workshop: Featuring the YESS Technique and complementary techniques.

Why you should attend this course workshop

Do you want to know why patients hurt and how to diagnose the pain generators? Are you in the category of an early adopter of new technology? Do you believe there is a technology backed by EBM and surgically based evidence to provide lasting pain relief for patients with percutaneous transforaminal diagnostic and therapeutic techniques? Then this is the course for you!



June 13-15, 2013


Conference Hotel:
Hilton’s Hampton Inn Phoenix-Biltmore
Phoenix, Arizona
Toll Free: 800.956.5221

Conference Site:
Desert Institute for Spine Care
Squaw Peak Surgical Facility
PH: 602.678.1046
Ask for Vickie for more information

PROGRAM FACULTY (preliminary)

Hansen Yuan, M.D.
Stephen Hochschuler,M.D.
Steve Garfin, M.D.
Gunner Anderson, M.D.
Rick Guyer, M.D.
Frank Phillips, M.D.
Walter Eisner, Senior Reporter, Orthopedics This Week
Gun Choi, M.D.
Zhou Yue, M.D.


Satish Gore, M.D. – presenting two talks “I Am The Nucleus” and “Evolving Methodology of Spine Endoscopy” for Surgical Pain

Douglas Wardlaw, M.D. – presenting an update on chymopapain’s current status and new publications


Conference / Workshop Secretariat – Marko Mijat
310.279.3159 |


IITTSS Course Secretariat – Marko Mijat
SPSF Facility Course Secretary – Vickie Baker


This course will continue with the mission of the previous courses showcasing transforaminal MIS techniques utilized by endoscopic spine surgeon Anthony Yeung and the surgeons at Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) for the treatment of painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

Satish Gore, one of the early YESS fellows, is the invited international expert who will speak about his experience in choosing the best approach and trajectory to access the disc and epidural space for various operable conditions in the lumbar spine. Dr. Gore will also be part of the cadaver faculty. He also has clinical methods to pinpoint the involved nerve by clinical exam and injection therapy.

The workshop will continue to provide practical information on the Least invasive MIS techniques, backed by 25 years of experience and thousands of cases evolving following an IRB approved study in 1997 initiated and developed by Dr. Yeung, but evolving over the past 25 years since chymopapain.

Dr. Yeung focuses on identifying and treating the pain generators that originate from the disc and the facet joints. In addition to intradiscal therapy, OTHER MIS foraminal and percutaneous techniques, encompassing spinal DECOMPRESSION, DYNAMIC STABILIZATION, AND FUSION TECHNIQUES that preserve normal anatomy consistent with Dr Yeung’s surgical philosophy will be included.

All attendees will take away useful information immediately applicable to your practices, but it will especially be valuable for surgeons who are already performing endoscopic foraminal decompression and wish to update themselves on new concepts, techniques, instruments and indications for patients with painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

This course is patient-focused, designed for surgeons who incorporate interventional pain management techniques in their practice, and will include a few very highly selected interventionalists who work with traditional surgeons, have learned good surgical judgment, and accept Dr Yeung’s treatment philosophy.

It is especially valuable for physicians who have attended previous YESS didactic and cadaver workshops. It will also serve to provide updated information and additional training for those who have previously attended but want to update their skills. The course will update the attendee on the newest and LEAST invasive surgical methods for treating the pain generator as determined by the endoscopic visualization of patho-anatomy.

For first time attendees, I suggest just auditing the course first, as the course will be preceded by a one day symposium that will provide information on techniques in diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections (different from I.S.I.S.) as a surgical precursor to identifying appropriate patients for endoscopic decompression and ablation surgery.

The second day will show case actual live surgical and video demonstrations of actual surgeries addressing the various painful degenerative conditions treatable with the transforaminal technique.

The third day will be a beginner and advanced cadaver workshop for those wanting to get started or to enhance surgical skills form previous courses.

The course will be held at the DISC campus and Squaw Peak Surgical Facility. Where live endoscopic spine surgery will demonstrate the technique first hand.

The lectures and surgical demonstrations will be limited to the first 75 MIS spine surgeons and selected pain interventionalists who work closely with MIS surgeons in an affiliated or group practice.

A course syllabus will be provided, along with peer reviewed bibliography, and presentation of edited surgical training DVD’s of each procedure featured.

In case of oversubscription, priority will be given to those already performing transforaminal endoscopic surgery or who have attended previous workshops sponsored by Richard Wolf or Amendia or Elliquence. (Submitting your CV may also place you higher on the priority list)

1635 E. Myrtle • Suite 400 • Phoenix, AZ 85020
Ph: 602-944-2900 • Fax: 602-944-0064

DISC - Desert Institute for Spine Care
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