Britt, glad you are here have you checked out member recommended list of docs? It’s under the DOCTORS tab at the top of the page. IM not too sure what you mean by minimally invasive surgery for a decompression… Or is it for a decompression? The surgeries I’m aware of for this are:
Boney decompression only
Boney decompression with duraplasty
Boney decompression with duraplasty and laminectomy
I think they all involve cutting the back of the head. The boney only decompression is less trauma and cuts down the risk of infection and eliminates the risk if a CSF leak, which sounds great, but it also may not be enough intervention to relieve the issue of not having enough space for your brain inside your skull. Some people do fine with this surgery, others don’t and end up having a second decompression with the Duraplasty. I had a duraplasty with my first decompression and so glad because the NS found arachnoid webbing that had grown around the area and was further blocking the flow of csf- easily just cut away.
What ever you decide it has to feel right for you and your situation, that is the most important thing, just be sure you have the full picture of your unique situation before you decide. Also, have you looked into Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? Not ALL of us have it, but many of do and it causes cranial cervical instability or at least increases the likelihood of it developing. Check the Brighton criteria and the Beighton criteria to get an idea of how it’s diagnosed.