I first started having pain in the 4th grade. Throughout the years I would get awful migraines and go temporarily blind in my left eye. I had no idea why this was happening, I just knew that it was terrible. It felt like someone was knocking me on the head for to 2-4 hours straight and not being able to see out of my left eye was really scary. No medication helped at all. Occasionally, I would try to sleep off my symptoms, but even then, I would wake up and there would still be pain. There were even times that I had to skip school because of the pain and blindness.
When I was 13 we decided to take some action and after a series of tests I was diagnosed with having an AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins within the brain or spine. At this point, my primary care physician recommended that I see Dr. Chandela. They said that he was the only neurosurgeon in the area who could address my issue.
Dr. Chandela was incredibly nice and knowledgeable from our first meeting. I also really appreciated the fact that he gave me a bunch of options apart from open brain surgery right off the bat. As a matter of fact, I remember telling my mom that no matter what, I didn’t want open brain surgery. But after going through all the options, Dr. Chandela explained that surgery was necessary to remove the AVM. I was nervous, but Dr. Chandela laid everything out for me and made me feel confident that the procedure was going to go well.
Sure enough, Dr. Chandela removed the AVM from my brain and now I am completely pain free. As a matter of fact, I haven’t had so much as a headache since the operation. I would definitely recommend Dr. Chandela because he clearly loves what he does and, more importantly, he’s really good at what he does.
– Michelle L.