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Tel.: 310.279.3159

Fax: 602.944.0064
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Anthony Yeung, MD  ayeung@sciatica.com

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


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State of the Art MIS Workshop for the
Ambulatory Surgery Center Agenda

Co-Chairs: Anthony Yeung, MD and James J. Yue, MD
Location: Squaw Peak Hilton, Phoenix, AZ
Date: September 11-14, 2014

Register at www.ISASS.ORG

Thursday, September 11, 2014

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Buffet Dinner: “Innovations in Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Treatment of Painful Patho-Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine” by Anthony Yeung

Friday, September 12, 2014

7:00 am to 8:00 am

Registration and Badge pickup

7:00 am to 7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am to 7:35am

Welcome: Anthony Yeung, James Yue

7:35am to 7:50am

Spine Overview: Hansen Yuan

7:50am to 8:10am

Posterolateral Endoscopic Discectomy & Foraminal Decompression: Chris Yeung

8:10am to 8:30am

Identifying the pain generators with Diagnostic and Therapeutic injections:      Anthony Yeung

8:30am to 8:50am

Intradiscal therapy for contained disc protrusions Disc FX
Stephan Hellinger

8:50am to 9:10 am

Axialif Anatomy, Procedure, and Outcomes: Bill Tobler

9:10am to 9:35am

Exparel Long Lasting Marcaine: What is it, how does it work, indications and contra-indications: Chris Yeung

 9:35 am to 9:55am


9:55am to 10:10am

Posterolateral Foraminal Access to the Lumbar Spine: Inside out: Satish Gore

10:10am to 10:25am

Posterolateral Foraminal Access to the Lumbar Spine: Targeted: Gun Choi

10:25am to 10:45am

Posterior Cervical Endoscopic Decompression: Gun Choi

10:45am to 11: 45am

First Case Endoscopic Lumbar Live surgery demonstration Discectomy and Foraminoplasty  T Yeung

11:45:am to 12:45pm

O-lif without foraminoplasty; Foraminoplasty and preparation of the endplate for O-lif and the elimination of dysesthesia: Jeff Katzell,
Rise: Chris Yeung

12:45pm to 1:45pm

Second Case Endoscopic Lumbar Live Surgery demonstration Rhizotomy, A. Yeung moderated by C. Yeung

1:45pm to 2:15pm

L5/S1 Endoscopic Approaches: Direct Endoscopic Posterior, Jean Destandeau  Transforaminal, T. Yeung

2:15pm to 2:45pm

Debate: Does the Multi-Focal Lumbar Disc HNP always need to be fused?:  Endoscopic Surgery(James Yue) vs MIS TLIF(Choll Kim)

2:45pm to 3:00pm


3:00pm to 3:20pm

Thoracic Endoscopic discectomy: Gun Choi

3:20pm to 4:00pm

MIS in China: Xifeng Zheng

4:00pm to 5:20

Table rotations for saw bone training (20 min each table)

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Buffet Dinner
Starting an Ambulatory Spine Center, Scott Becker, Morgan Lorio

Saturday, September 13, 2014

7:15am to 8:00am

Continental Breakfast, change for lab

8:00am to 4:00pm



 1. Full lumbar endoscopic surgery 
 2. Lumbar endoscopic Foraminoplasty
 3. Cervical endoscopic discectomy 
 4. Axialif and/or IO Flex
6. Endoscopic facet rhizotomy
7. Lumbar endoscopic fusion OLIF with foraminoplasty, Amendia, Globus Rise

12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Education of the MIS Surgeon: Stepwise Learning vs Procedural Learning: Choll Kim



Sunday, September 14, 2014

7:15am to 8:00am

Continental Breakfast, change for lab

8:00am to 2:00pm

Advanced Endoscopic Spine techniques cervical, thoracic, lumbar, 


( more in depth practice of decompression, discectomy, and foraminoplasty )




Message From The Executive Director

September 13-15, 2013

The 26th Annual IITS meeting in Seoul was a resounding success thanks to President Gun Choi, the Program Committee, the Invited speakers, and the hospitality and pre-and post meeting surgical observation program of Wooridul’s Gimpo hospital. Over 200 attendees were present, and discussion was robust. It was apparent that MIS transforaminal and translaminar surgery has made great strides.

Each part of the Meeting , the lectures,  and the workshop, was impressive independently, but the ability to watch LIVE surgery , illustrating the surgical indications and effectiveness of the MIS procedures performed by Wooridul, solidified how far we have gone in the past 10 years.

Important changes to the bylaws of IITS were enacted at the IITS 2013 meeting.

  1. The IITS name was changed to IITTSS, the International Intradiscal and Transforaminal Therapy Society. It’s website is now IITTSS.org.
  2. The home base of the 501(c) 3 organization has been transferred from Wisconsin to Phoenix Arizona.
  3. The president will now serve for two years. The first Year as host to the Annual Meeting, and the second year as President of the IITTSS section of the World congress. Therefore, Dr Choi will remain President of the IITTSS section at the World Congress in Paris in 2014.
  4. The President Elect for 2015 is Dr Satish Gore. He will start organizing IITTSS 2015.
  5. We will institute dues for active members. Committee members will be selected initially by the executive committee consisting of The president, president elect, executive secretary and the two past presidents from paid members.
  6. Dues were set at $250.00 annually or $1,000 life time.
  7. Dues payments can be made to a paypal account set up in the www.IITTSS.org website
  8. Paid members will be eligible accept committee assignments, run for office, and to attend the next IITTSS meeting at no extra cost. A sign up sheet has been set up. Even if you had given me your calling card at the IITS meeting in Seoul, Please sign up again and provide us with your updated e-mail on the website
  9. Inquiries will be handled by Marko Mijat, executive secretary at marko@sciatica.com


Please visit the website for updates on workshops sponsored by IITTSS through out the year.

Anthony T. Yeung, M.D.

Executive director


2013 IITS Conference and Workshops - September 13-15, Seoul, Korea visit www.iitskorea.com )


Fourth Hands-On Workshop will be June 13-15, 2013

The Fourth Comprehensive Surgical Pain Management and Endoscopic Transforaminal Surgical Access Workshop: Featuring The YESS Technique* and Complementary Technique (For more information about YESS technique visit www.sciatica.com )


Program starts with introductory lectures on Thursday morning, June 13 at 7:30am and ends on Saturday afternoon, June 15 at 5pm - (program in process of being finalized)


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Please Watch these short Videos:

Dr. Hansen Yuan Video
Dr. James J. Yue Video
Dr. Ken Yonemura Video
Dr. Tony Mork Video
Dr. Philip Yuan Video

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