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Anthony T. Yeung, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
DISC - Desert Institute for Spine Care
Phoenix, AZ

About Anthony T. Yeung, MD

Dr. Anthony Yeung has retired from his practice as a board-certified orthopaedic and spine surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive spinal diagnostic and surgical techniques. He subspecialized in percutaneous endoscopic surgery of the lumbar spine and developed the FDA-approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS™), which includes multichannel spine endoscopes and related instruments by the Richard Wolf Surgical Instrument Company.

Dr. Yeung is recognized internationally and nationally for his contributions to minimally invasive/ endoscopic spine surgery. He is the author of peer-reviewed articles, publications, and book chapters on endoscopic spine surgery and related topics. Dr. Yeung was a reviewer for scientific journals, including the Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery, Indian Journal of Orthopaedics, International Journal of Spine Surgery, Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique, and Spine.

Dr. Yeung served as the President of the Maricopa County Medical Society, Arizona Orthopaedic Society, Western Orthopaedic Society, Western Orthopaedic Society—Arizona Chapter, and served on the Board of the Arizona Medical Association. He is a former President of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons and  Executive Director of the International Intradiscal Therapy Society.

Dr. Yeung’s list of honors and awards is extensive and include recognition by health care leaders, medical associations and patients. His peers voted him Top Doctor  in Phoenix Magazine and Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review included him in their “100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America.”  



1. Yeung AT. "Recent Advances in Orthopedics." Samaritan Medicine - October, 1983.

2. Medina P, Karpman R, Yeung AT. "Split Posterior Tibial Tendon Transfer for Spastic Equinovarus Foot Deformity." Foot and Ankle, Vol. 7, No. 1, January, 1993.

3. "Considerations for Use of the KTP Laser for Disc Decompression and 1993 Ablation: Spine: State of the Art Reviews, Vol. 7, No. 1, January, 1993.

4. "Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery with the Yeung Endoscope Spine System (YESS)." Orthopaedic Surgery Surgical Technology International VIII - Universal Medical Press, Inc. - June, 1999.

5. "The Evolution of Percutaneous Spinal Endoscopy and Discectomy: State of the Art." The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Vol. 67, No. 4, September, 2000.

6. "The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique." Co-Editor with Savitz, Martin M.D. and Chiu, John M.D. AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000.

7. "History of Minimalism in Spinal Medicine and Surgery" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 1 - 12.

8. "Percutaneous Laser Discectomy" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 101 - 104.

9. "Selective Discectomy with the Yeung Endoscope Spine System" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 115 - 122.

10. "The Role of Provocative Discography in Endoscopic Disc Surgery" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 231 - 236.

11. "Intradiscal Thermal Therapy for Discogenic Low Back Pain" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 237 - 242.

12. "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome" in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique - AAMISMS Education, LLC - First Edition 2000, 293 - 296.

13. Yeung AT. "Endoscopic Spinal Surgery: What Future Role?" The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, Vol. 18, Issue 11, November, 2001, 518 - 528.

14. Yeung AT, Gore SA. "Evolving Methodology in Treating Discogenic Back Pain by Selective Endoscopic Discectomy (SED) and Thermal Annuloplasty." Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique, Vol. 1., Inaugural 2001, 8 - 16.

15. Tsou PM, Yeung AT. "Transforaminal Endoscopic Decompression for Radiculopathy Secondary to Intracanal Noncontained Lumbar Disc Herniations: Outcome and Technique." The Spine Journal 2, 2002, 41 - 48.

16. Yeung AT, Tsou PM. "Posterolateral Endoscopic Excision for Lumbar Disc Herniation: Surgical Technique, Outcome, and Complications in 307 Consecutive Cases." Spine, Vol. 27, Number 7, April 1, 2002, 722 - 731.

17. Bini W, Yeung AT, Calatayud V, Chaaban A, Seferlis T. "The role of provocative discography in minimally invasive selective endoscopic discectomy." Neurocirugia 2002; 1: 27-31.

18. "Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery for the Treatment of Lumbar Discogenic Pain." Anthony T. Yeung, M.D. and John Porter, M.D. Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, American Academy of Pain Management, CRC Press, Sixth Edition, 2002, 1073 - 1078.

19. Yeung AT, Savitz, MH. "Treatment of multi-level lumbar disc disease by Selective Endoscopic Discectomy™ and thermal annuloplasty: case report." Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique Vol 2, Spring 2002, Number 1, 36-38.

20. Yeung, AT, Porter J. "Effect of sequential electrical surface stimulation on medication utilization following selective endoscopic discectomy™: Initial evaluation." The Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique, Vol 2, Spring 2002, 26-27.

21. Yeung, AT, Yeung, CA. "Selective Endoscopic Discectomy." Surgical Technology International XII Universal Medical Press, Inc. - June, 2003 ( In Press).

22. Yeung, AT, Savitz, M. "Complications of Percutaneous Spinal Surgery" in Vacarro, Complications in Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery( In Press).

23. Yeung AT, Yeung CA. "Percutaneous Foraminal Surgery: the YESS technique" Chapter 17 in Kim/Fessler Endoscopic Spine Surgery and Instrumentation. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY (In Press).

24. Yeung AT. "Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy: The Postero-lateral Approach." Atlas of Endoscopic Spine Surgery, 2nd Edition, edited by Drs. John Regan and Isador Lieberman, Quality Medical Publishing (In Press).

25. Yeung AT. "Evolving Methodology in Endoscopic Lumbar Disc Surgery." Advanced Spinal Surgical Technologies, Corbin, Connolly,Yuan, Bao, Boden, Eds., Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., St Louis, MO (In Press).

26. Yeung AT. "Neuromonitoring in Selective Endoscopic Discectomy." The Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique (In Press).

27. Savitz MH, Chiu, JC,Yeung, AT, "Multi-center Study of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy." The Journal of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique (In Press).

28. Kauffman C, Yeung, CA, Yeung, AT. "Chapter 57, Percutaneous Lumbar Surgery" in Rothman/Simeone. The Spine 5th Edition (In Progress).

29. Yeung AT, Al-Hamdan FA, Hadjipavlou A. "Laser assisted Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy." (In Progress).

30. Seferlis T, Yeung AT. " Endoscopic Treatment of Central Disc Herniations." (In Progress).

31. Yeung, AT, Tsou, PM. "Posterolateral Endoscopic Lumbar Selective Nuclectomy and Annuloplasty for Discogenic Pain: A Minimal Access Visualized Intradiscal Procedure." (In Progress).

32. Yeung, AT, Savitz M, Chiu, JC. " Endoscopic Removal of Synovial Cyst of the Lumbar Facet Joint: Report of 7 Cases." (In Progress).

Articles Written by Anthony T. Yeung, MD

Percutaneous Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Introduction - Part 1

Endoscopic spine surgery is evolving rapidly due to improvements in surgical technique, endoscopic design, and instrumentation.

Potential Complications and Avoidance: Part 3

As with arthroscopic knee surgery, the risks of serious complications or injury are low; approximately 1% or less in the author's experience.

Summary and References: Part 4

Endoscopic spine surgery has a high learning curve, but is within the grasp of every endoscopic surgeon with proper training.

Indications for Foraminal Endoscopic Surgery: Part 2

Most disc herniations are amenable to endoscopic disc excision and the timing of surgical treatment is similar to transcanal discectomy.

Articles Reviewed by Anthony T. Yeung, MD

Visualized Endoscopic Transforaminal Technique Shows Efficacy in Foraminal Stenosis

Retrospective review of cases showed good to excellent 5-year outcomes in the majority of patients with foraminal spinal stenosis who underwent endoscopic transforaminal decompression using Yeung's technique.

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Richard Wolf surgical instrument company, Replication Medical
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Replication Medical, Ouroboros, Surgitech, Chart Medical, Bonovo, Paradigm Spine, Small Bones Innovations, Pioneer, Bio Develoment Corp
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