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Christopher A. Yeung, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
DISC - Desert Institute for Spine Care
Phoenix, AZ

About Christopher A. Yeung, MD

Christopher A. Yeung, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. Dr. Yeung treats a full spectrum of degenerative and traumatic spinal conditions from the cervical to the lumbar spine. He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques, including endoscopic lumbar discectomy and foraminoplasty, percutaneous pedicle screw spinal fusion, mini-open anterior lumbar fusion, disc arthroplasty and nuclear replacement, posterior cervical foraminotomy, and transforaminal epidural injections.

Dr. Yeung recently completed his spine fellowship, thus he is well versed in these newer minimally invasive techniques which are now emerging. The philosophy of choosing the least invasive yet effective method to treat spine problems guides his practice. This helps reduce the destructive effect that standard approaches to the spine can cause and allows for quicker recovery times, earlier rehabilitation, less pain, and better overall patient satisfaction.

Dr. Yeung graduated magna cum laude from the University of California San Diego and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He graduated in the top 5% of his medical school class at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He attended the University of California Irvine Medical Center for his orthopaedic residency. He then completed a spine surgery fellowship at the USC Center for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery/Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute under the direction of internationally-renowned Robert Watkins, MD, and Lytton Williams, MD.

Dr. Yeung is the team spine surgeon for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and Arizona State University.


Fischgrund JS, Rhyne A, Franke J, Sasso R, Kitchel S, Bae H., Yeung CA, Truumees E, Schaufele M, Yuan P, Vajkoczy P, DePalma M, Anderson DG, Thibodeau L, Meyer B. Intraosseous basivertebral nerve ablation for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a prospective randomized double-blind sham-controlled multi-center study.  In: European Spine Journal,  online February 8, 2018, Springer.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Posterolateral Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy in: Rothman-Simeone and Herkowitz’s: The Spine 7th Ed. Vol. 2.  Herkowitz HN, Rothman RH, Simeone FA eds., Philadelphia, PA., El Sevier, Inc, 2018, pp 983-993.

Yeung A, Yeung CA. Nima Salari, Justin Field, James Navrati and Harrison Maio,  Lessons Learned using Local Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery.  In: Journal of Spine, Volume 6, Issue 4, July 15, 2017.

Yeung A, Yeung CA. Endoscopic Identification and Treating the Pain Generators in the Lumbar Spine that Escape Detection by Traditional Imaging Studies.  In: Journal of Spine, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 21, 2017.

Yeung A, Yeung CA. Selective Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (SED™) and Thermal Annuloplasty for Discogenic Back Pain, Disc Herniations and Sciatica in High Performance Athletes and Physically Active Patients.  In: Journal of Sports Injuries and Medicine, Volume 2017, Issue 02, May 6, 2017.

Yeung A, Yeung CA. Endoscopic Identification and Treating the Pain Generators in the Lumbar Spine that Escape Detection by Traditional Imaging Studies.  In: Journal of Spine, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 21, 2017.

Yeung, C, Yeung, AT. Posterolateral Endoscopic Diskectomy. In: Handbook of Spine Surgery Second Edition. Ali A. Baaj, Praveen V. Mummaneni, Juan S. Uribe, Alexander R. Vaccaro, Mark S. Greenberg,  ed.,  New York, New York, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. , Chapter 56, pp378-386, 2016.

Yeung, CA, Field, JS, & Yeung, AT. Endoscopic Foraminal Approach to the Lumbar Spine. In: Surgical Approaches to the Spine Third Edition.  Robert G. Watkins, III & Robert G. Watkins, IV, ed.,  Marina del Rey, CA., Springer, Chapter 52, pp365-378, 2015.

Yeung, CA, Yeung, AT. Lasers.  In: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Surgical Techniques and Disease Management. Frank M. Phillips, Isador H. Lieberman, David W. Polly Jr., ed., New York, New York, Springer Chapter 9, pp79-88, 2014.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Posterolateral Endoscopic Lumbar Diskectomy.  In: Advanced Reconstruction: Spine. Jeffrey C. Wang, MD ed., AAOS, 2011, chapter 66, pp 611-624.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA, Meredith CC. Endoscopic Surgical Pain Management in the Aging Spine.  In: The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques.  J. Yue, R Guyer, P Johnson, L Khoo, S Hochschuler eds., Philadelphia, PA., El Sevier Saunders, 2011, pp 427-434.

Yeung AT, Yinggang Zheng, Yeung CA. Dorsal Endoscopic Rhizotomy for Chronic Nondiscogenic Axial Low Back Pain. In: The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques. J. Yue, R Guyer, P Johnson, L Khoo, S Hochschuler eds., Philadelphia, PA., El Sevier Saunders, 2011, pp 435-442.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Posterolateral Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy In: Rothman-Simeone: The Spine 6th Ed. Vol. 1. Herkowitz HN, Rothman RH, Simeone FA eds., Philadelphia, PA., El Sevier Saunders, 2011, pp 1041-1050.

Yeung, AT, Yeung, CA. Chang, MA, Kim, CW. Discography and Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy. In: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A Practical Guide to Anatomy and Techniques. Burak Ozgur, Edward Benzel, Steven Garfin, eds., Springer, 2009, pp 105-113.

Yeung, AT, Yeung, CA. Foraminal Endoscopic Treatment of Painful Degenerative Conditions of the Lumbar Spine: The YESS Technique. In: Emerging Techniques in Spine Surgery. Arvind Bhave,ed: New Delhi, India, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Ltd, 2009 pp 3-11.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Endoscopic Discectomy and Foraminal Decompression In:    Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach.  C Slipman, R Derby, F Simeone, T Mayer, eds: Saunders Elsevier. 2008, pp 1407-1413.

K Lewandrowski, CA Yeung, M Spoonamore, R McLain, editors. In: Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion Techniques, Philadelphia, PA: Summit Communications, LLC, Armonk, New York, 2008.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Management of Lumbar Disc Herniation in: Orthopedic Clinics of North America: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. D Samartzis, F Shen, G Anderson eds., WB Saunders, 2007, pp 363-372.

Cosar, M., Khoo, L., Yeung, CA, Yeung, AT. A Comparison of the Degree of Lateral Recess and Foraminal Enlargement With Facet Preservation in the Treatment of Lumbar Stenosis With Standard Surgical Tools Versus a Novel Powered Filing Instrument: A Cadaver Study. SAS Journal, Autumn 2007, Volume 01, Issue 04, pp135-142.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA, Endoscopic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Techniques. In: Weiner’s Pain Management:  A Practical Guide for Physicians 7th Ed. M. Boswell, E. Cole, eds: Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL., 2006, pp 1079-1091.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA, Arthroscopic Lumbar Decompression: The Foraminal Approach, In: Emerging Spine Surgery Technologies: Evidence and Framework for Evaluating New Technology.  T Corbin, P Connolly, H Yuan, Q Bao, S. Boden, eds., Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2006, pp 291-305.

Yeung CA, Hayes VM, Siddiqi FN, Yeung AT. Lumbar Endoscopic Posterolateral (Transforaminal) Approach in: Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine: Advanced Techniques and Controversies. J Yue, R Bertagnoli, P McAfee, H An, eds, Saunders Elsevier. 2006, pp 167-177.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Microtherapy in Low Back Pain, In:  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A Surgical Manual 2nd Ed.  H. Mayer, ed: Munich, Germany, Springer Verlag, 2005, pp 267-277.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA, Badalamenti JP. Back Pain and Sciatica in a Patient with Synovial Cysts of the Lumbar Facet Joints and Extraforaminal Disc Protrusion with Annular Dehiscence.  NASS Case Study of the Month.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Posterolateral Selective Endoscopic Discectomy: The YESS Technique. In: Endoscopic Spine Surgery and Instrumentation (and Percutaneous Procedures).  Kim DH, Fessler R, eds., New York, NY, Thieme Medical Publishers, Chapter 17; 2005.

Yeung, AT, Yeung, CA. Selective Endoscopic Discectomy (SED™). In: The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique.  2005 Edition.  Marvin H. Savitz, John C. Chiu,  Rauschning Wolfgang, Anthony T. Yeung, Editor-in-Chief.,  New York, New York, AAMISS PRESS, Chapter 61, pp 442-453, 2005.

Tsou PM, Yeung CA, Yeung AT. Posterolateral Selective Endoscopic Discectomy and Thermal Annuloplasty for Chronic Lumbar Discogenic Pain. The Spine Journal. 2004 Sep-Oct; 4(5):564-73.

Tsou PM, Yeung CA, Yeung AT. Posterolateral Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy in: Techniques in Spine Surgery. Wang J/Fu F ed., 2004.

Yeung AT, Yeung CA. Advances in Endoscopic Disc and Spine Surgery: Foraminal Approach. Surgical Technology International. 2003; Chapter 11:255-263.

Yeung CA, Williams LA, Watkins IV RG, Lumbar Spine Injuries in Athletes, In: Devlin VJ ed. Spine Secrets. Philadelphia, PA: Hanley and Belfus; 2003.

Kauffman CP, Yeung CA, Yeung AT. Percutaneous Lumbar Surgery. In: Rothman-Simeone: The Spine 5th Ed. Herkowitz HN, Rothman RH, Simeone FA eds., Philadelphia, PA, WB Saunders, 2000, pp 945-952.

Articles Written by Christopher A. 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.

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