The findings on the images and X-rays are the factors that decide what surgery is needed in the face of your symptoms. Again, the easiest surgery to undergo is the posterior reduction of kyphosis and fusion but this surgery is predicated on the amount of curve or kyphosis that is present. If there is 25-30 degrees of kyphosis over six segments, this procedure can probably correct the compression. If there is only 15 degrees, the correction should probably not be enough to allow enough cord drift.
The second “easiest procedure” is the far lateral decompression and fusion. The procedure that has the most “surgery” is the thorascopic endodiscectomy but in well experienced hands is safe enough.
At this point, I do not review films but I am looking into a program that will allow me to do so.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.