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IITTSS Hands-On Workshop Program

Surgical Pain Management and Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Access Workshop

The International Intradiscal Therapy and Transforaminal Spine Society (IITTSS) announces the First Comprehensive Surgical Pain Management and Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Access Workshop: Featuring the YESS Technique and complementary techniques.


IITTSS Participants

This one–of–a-kind workshop featured practical information on MIS techniques utilized by endoscopic spine surgeon, Dr. Anthony Yeung and the surgeons at Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC).

The workshop included educational lectures, live operations performed by Dr. Yeung, and a cadaver workshop for surgeons to learn his techniques.


June 7-9, 2012
May extend cadaver lab to
Sunday morning June 10, if needed


Conference Hotel:
Hotel Highland
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)

Anthony Yeung, M.D.
Hansen Yuan, M.D.
Christopher Yeung, M.D.
Phil Yuan, M.D.
Le Thai, M.D
Walter Eisner
Tom Highland, M.D.
Carlos Montes, M.D.
William Tally, M.D.
Ken Yonemura, M.D.


IITTSS Secretariat – Marko Mijat, MHA


This course will feature successful MIS techniques utilized by endoscopic spine surgeon Anthony Yeung and the surgeons at Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC).

It is a one–of–a-kind workshop introducing practical information on techniques, backed by thousands of cases following an IRB approved study in 1997 initiated and developed by Dr. Yeung, but evolving over the past 20 years. Dr. Yeung focuses on identifying and treating the pain generators that originate from the disc and/or the facet joints. OTHER MIS DECOMPRESSION AND FUSION TECHNIQUES that preserve normal anatomy consistent with Dr. Yeung’s surgical philosophy will also be featured. All attendees will take away useful information immediately applicable to your practices, but it will be especially valuable for surgeons who are already performing endoscopic foraminal decompression wishing to update themselves on new concepts, techniques, instruments and indications for patients with painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

This course is designed especially for surgeons who accept Dr. Yeung’s treatment philosophy and have attended previous YESS cadaver workshops but also want to update their knowledge and skills in the newest and LEAST invasive surgical methods. For those wishing to just audit the course, or interested in the state of the art in foraminal surgery for future application, the course will include and 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 course will be held at the DISC campus and Squaw Peak Surgical Facility. It will be limited to the first 50 MIS spine surgeons and 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, 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. (Submitting your CV may also place you higher on the priority list)

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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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