I have suffered for years with excruciating hip pain, More recently, I began needing ambulatory assistance, for without a cane, it became impossible to get from the bed to the bathroom. So, I saw another hip specialist and he deduced that the problem was in my back. He scheduled a MRI, and this time the disc bulge was located, not only in a difficult location to see with an MRI, but also in a difficult location to operate. The first back doctor I saw didn’t want to risk "aggravating any pre-existing issue." I had a lot of trouble sleeping due to the pain, which allowed me many hours on the iPad. It was there that I came across an animation of a Microdiscectomy by “USC Medical School.” With that information, my wife located Dr. Taghva whose background and confidence comforted me. I went ahead with the operation, and I am so glad that I did. Immediately after I awakened from the operation, I felt like I could go home. However, I was scheduled to spend the night in the hospital, not only for safety reasons, but to ensure I knew how to care of my back post-operatively. It has been two weeks and I am off the heavy drugs and completely pain free. It is unreal!
Thank you, Dr Taghva!