The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute has offices in San Antonio and Houston, Texas, as well as Utica, New York, offering exceptional neuromusculoskeletal and central nervous system diagnosis and treatment. Award-winning fellowship-trained spine and tumor neurosurgeon Yan Michael Li, MD, PhD, is an expert in complex spine surgeries, including nonfusion artificial disc replacement, endoscopic foraminotomy and discectomy for nerve decompression, and complex revision spine surgeries.
Patients at the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute receive first-class care for conditions like head trauma, herniated discs, spinal tumors, and chronic back and neck pain. Dr. Li also performs surgical pain management procedures. These include endoscopic neurectomies for facet joint pain and spinal cord stimulator or pain pump implantation when other treatments are unsuccessful.
The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute uses state-of-the-art technology to improve diagnostics and surgical outcomes. Dr. Li has extensive expertise in advanced spine surgery using Globus Medical’s ExcelsiusGPS® robotic navigation platform. He performs minimally invasive spine surgeries (MISS) like spinal decompression, discectomy, and fusion with unrivaled accuracy.
The practice’s welcoming staff is familiar with a diverse array of conditions, working with patients to diagnose their problems and create personalized treatment plans. They also use innovative treatments; for example, patients with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and postconcussion syndrome benefit from painless, noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Whether it’s neck pain or tingling toes, the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute supports patients from their first visit to follow-up after surgery. The dedicated staff happily answers questions and provides assistance, delivering the highest quality care at every stage.
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Yan Michael Li, MD, PhD, is an experienced neurosurgeon serving patients at the Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Institute. The practice has offices in Utica, New York, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Li received his medical degree from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. He then obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
He completed a neurosurgical residency and enfolded complex spine fellowship at the State University of New York in Albany, New York. Dr. Li completed fellowships at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He also completed a neurosurgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, focusing on complex brain and spine tumor surgery.
Dr. Li is an award-winning fellowship-trained spine and tumor neurosurgeon specializing in treating complex spine diseases and brain and spine tumors. He has a strong clinical interest in simple and complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and computer-assisted spinal navigation and robotic surgery.
Dr. Li provides the latest and most efficient treatment options for each patient with back pain, including minimally invasive herniated disk surgery through less than the one-inch incision, minimally invasive lateral or posterior spinal fusion surgery, and artificial disc implants that allow for more mobility.
He has a reputation as an expert in complex spinal surgery, with more than 50 percent of his referrals originating from other surgeons who relied on him for revision surgeries or complex spine cases outside their expertise.
Dr. Li’s practice emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to disease processes to achieve the best patient outcomes. He works closely with other specialists, such as pain specialists, neurologists, and physical therapists.