Dr Yu Chao Lee

Dr Yu Lee Chao - Adelaide Spine Surgeon


Dr Yu Chao Lee is an Adelaide Spine Surgeon, who consults and treats all spinal conditions including degenerative spine disease of the lumbar and cervical spine, spinal deformity, spinal tumour and spinal trauma. Dr Lee’s main interest is in minimally invasive surgery and he utilises muscle sparing techniques for treating adult degenerative spinal disease and spinal deformity.

Dr Lee’s goal is to provide high quality spinal care to the community of Adelaide.

Dr Lee had comprehensive training in spinal surgery. Dr Lee graduated from the University of Adelaide and obtained his specialist qualification in Orthopaedic Surgery from Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Following conclusion of his surgical training, he went on to complete subspecialist Fellowship training in adult and paediatric spine locally in Adelaide. He then travelled to the United Kingdom to undertake another year of subspecialist Fellowship training in complex adult spinal deformity, revision spinal surgery and spinal tumour surgery in Europe’s largest spine deformity surgery centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London. Dr Lee has extensive experience in the latest minimal invasive techniques for spine fusion and proficient with intraoperative navigated spine surgery.

Dr Yu Chao Lee is committed to providing high quality clinical care of patients through evidenced based practice. He had published numerous research articles in the field of spinal surgery in peer-reviewed journals and had presented at National and International conferences.


Image-guided pedicle screws using intraoperative cone-beam CT and navigation. A cost effectiveness study.
Yu Chao Lee, Robert Lee. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2020; 72: 68-71

Minimal invasive surgical algorithm for revision lumbar spinal surgery.
Yu Chao Lee, Robert Lee. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019; 5(4): 413-424

The incidence of new onset sacroiliac joint pain following lumbar fusion.
Yu Chao Lee, Robert Lee, Clare Harman. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019; 5(3): 310-314

Minimally invasive stabilization for thoracolumbar and lumbar fractures: a comparative study with short segment open Schanz screw constructs.
Yu Chao Lee, Michael Selby, Mario Zotti, Deb Roy, Brian Freeman. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019 Mar;5(1):13-18.

Minimally invasive stabilization of the fractured ankylosed spine: a comparative case series study.
Francis Brooks, Matthew Rackham, Ben Williams, Deb Roy, Yu Chao Lee, Michael Selby. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2018 Jun;4(2):168-172.

Traumatic subaxial cervical facet subluxation and dislocation: epidemiology, radiographic analyses, and risk factors for spinal cord injury.
Ryan D. Quarrington, Claire F. Jones, Petar Tcherveniakov, Jillian M. Clark, Simon J.I. Sandler, Yu Chao Lee, Shabnam Torabiardakani, John J. Costi, Brian J.C. Freeman. The Spine Journal. 2018 Mar;18(3):387-398. 

Most cited publications in cervical spine surgery.
Yu Chao Lee, Francis Brooks, Simon Sandler, Yun-Hom Yau, Michael Selby, Brian Freeman. International Journal of Spine Surgery 2017;11:19.

Operative management of lumbar degenerative disc disease.
Yu Chao Lee, Mario Giuseppe Tedesco Zotti, Orso Lorenzo Osti. Asian Spine Journal. 2016 Aug;10(4):801-19.

Confirmation of microevolutionary increase in spina bifida occulta among Swiss birth cohorts.
Yu Chao Lee, Lucian Bogdan Solomon, Frank Jakobus Rühli, Regula Schiess, Lena Öhrström, Thomas Sullivan, Hatem Alkadhi, Maciej Henneberg. European Spine Journal. 2011 May;20(5):776-80.

Secular trend in the opening of the sacral canal: an Australian study.
Lucian Solomon, Frank Rühli, Yu Chao Lee, Maciej Henneberg. Spine. 2009 Feb 1;34(3):244-8.

Reconstruction of chronic foveal TFCC tears with an autologous tendon graft.
Gregory I. Bain, Kevin Eng, Yu Chao Lee, Duncan Mcguire, Matthias Zumstein. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 2015 Feb;4(1):9-14.

Anatomic foveal reconstruction of the triangular fibrocartilage complex with a tendon graft.
Gregory Bain, Duncan McGuire, Yu Chao Lee, Kevin Eng, Matthias Zumstein. Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. 2014 Jun;18(2):92-7.

Cable-augmented, quad ligament tenodesis scapholunate reconstruction: rationale, surgical technique, and preliminary results.
Gregory Bain, Adam Watts, James McLean, Yu Chao Lee, Kevin Eng. Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. 2013 Mar;17(1):13-9.

Posterolateral and anterolateral approaches to unicondylar posterolateral tibial plateau fractures: a comparative study.
Lucian B. Solomon, Aaron W. Stevenson, Yu Chao Lee, Robert P.V. Baird, Donald W. Howie. Injury. 2013 Nov;44(11):1561-8.

Repair of the acutely unstable elbow: use of tensionable anchors.
Yu Chao Lee, Kevin Eng, Angus Keogh, James McLean, Gregory Bain. Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. 2012 Dec;16(4):225-9.

The effect of hip position on the length of trochanteric muscles: potential implications for early postoperative management of hip arthroplasty.
Yu Chao Lee, Stuart A. Callary, Donald W. Howie, Dominic Thewlis, Lucian B. Solomon. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2012 Jun;27(6):953-60.

Anatomy of piriformis, obturator internus and obturator externus: implications for the posterior surgical approach to the hip.
Lucian B. Solomon, Yu Chao Lee, Stuart A. Callary, Martin Beck, Donald W. Howie. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. British Volume. 2010 Sep;92(9):1317-24.