In September 2018, my ENT doctor sent me to see Dr. Taghva; as a result of the MRI taken after my ears were tested for possible hearing loss. It turned out that I had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball that needed to be removed; which most likely was the cause of some hearing loss. Both doctors thought it was benign, but due to its size I would need brain surgery to remove it.
Needless to say, I was stunned and not really receptive to the idea. I never experienced headaches and was indeed in a bit of a shock. However, Dr. Taghva was very calm and patient with me and honest about the need for the surgery to remove the tumor sooner than later. I agreed to have the operation in mid-November.
Once the reality of it set in, I scheduled a second appointment with Dr. Taghva to discuss how much of my hair he would need to shave as I was under assumption that it would be necessary to shave half my head. He calmly assured me that he would take as little as possible and most definitely would not be shaving half my head. I was so relieved . . . a silly woman thing. Dr. Taghva was sensitive to my concern, if perhaps a bit amused that it was my biggest concern.
My compliments to Dr. Taghva on his precision in shaving only a minimum of hair for the operation. Fortunately I have a lot of hair and was able to easily cover the shaved portion. It was as if a hair stylist had been consulted before the operation, so precise was the area he shaved. Thank you Dr. Taghva and your caring staff that assisted in this operation and in my recovery process.
In addition, I would like to mention that I did my research on Dr. Taghva before handing him the drill. Not only does he have excellent eye and hand coordination due to his early years as a tennis champion and concert pianist, but he studied at the John Hopkins Institute with Dr. Ben Carson, the world renowned neurosurgeon, who was the first to successfully separate Siamese twins at the head. Dr. Taghva has a calm confident manner about him that puts you at ease. My primary care doctor also gave high marks to his ability and success rate.
Thank you Dr. Taghva for making this as painless as possible and for the continued follow-up to insure no reoccurrence of the tumor.