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Pioneer spinal surgeon operated with the techniques he invented – dr. Anthony Yeung

Dr. Anthony Yeung of the DISC (Desert Institute for Spine Care) is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating the causes of back pain and sciatica from painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine, particularly herniated discs, bulging discs with annular tears, and foraminal stenosis. His techniques have proven to be very effective in relieving both back and leg pain, elusive to many spine specialists because his technique targets and visualizes the pain generator with his endoscope, using imaging as a guide, but confirming the pain source with diagnostic and therapeutic injections.

Recently, he underwent multiple level and multiple side minimally-invasive spinal surgery applying techniques and advanced equipment he invented through the past 24 years. His son, dr. Christoper Yeung, performed the surgical procedures known as Selective Endoscopic Discectomy and Coflex Spine Surgery. Goal of this techniques is to address the source of the pain and always start with least invasive treatment option. By applying this principles, dr. Christopher Yeung actually avoided aggressive surgical approach (like TLIF).

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Image 1: dr. Anthony Yeung (taken from

This is a strong message for other orthopedic and neurological spinal surgeons around the world who are in doubt whether to adopt this very advanced and safe techniques. Endoscopic spinal surgeries are performed all over the world for the past 20 years, mainly in United States of America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, India, France and Croatia. Endoscopic spinal surgeons are having constant debate with traditional spinal surgeons and their denial of this new and innovative surgical techniques.

Dr. Tony Yeung’s view:

“Our philosophy is to at least offer the LEAST invasive option first, before Coflex or fusion. Having experience to get better results only comes from doing more SED cases and overcoming the learning curve, not just technically, but by learning from your surgical failures or incomplete decompression of the patho-anatomy.”