At Bend Spine and Neurosurgery, Doctor Mark Belza works on perfecting minimally invasive methods like Posterior Cervical Fusion with the CORUS Spinal System to deliver fast pain relief and recovery for patients who need spinal surgery.

Minimally invasive Posterior Cervical Fusion with the CORUS Spinal System is a new option for the treatment of neck and arm pain for herniated slipped discs, stenosis (tightness), instability of the neck or prior failed neck surgery. This revolutionary procedure is done through tiny skin incisions with little to no blood loss. Small instruments are used to clean out the facet joint and expose bone for fusion. A small titanium cage is then placed into the facet joint to “jack up” the opening and un-pinch the nerve. The cage stabilizes the spine for bony fusion take place.

  • Little or no hospital stay – Most patients return home a few hours after the procedure
  • Faster recovery time
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced scarring
  • Decreased need for post-operation pain medication

There are many advantages of minimally invasive Posterior Cervical Fusion with the CORUS Spinal System including minimal to no damage to skin, muscle, bone or disk. This decreases the risk of destabilizing the spine that may lead to additional surgeries in the future. The patient often experiences immediate improvements of their symptoms and quicker return to function because there is less surgical pain due to the small procedure. The risk of swallowing and horse voice is reduced since there is no manipulation of esophagus and trachea like in an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Furthermore, the surgery doesn’t “burn any bridges” preventing future operations if needed.

You may be a candidate for this surgery if you:

  • Have received at least six weeks of non-operative conservative care.
  • Suffer from pain, numbness or burning sensations in your neck, shoulders and/or arms.
  • Are a skeletally mature adult with degenerative disc disease of the neck (cervical spine levels C3-C7).