Brain & Neuro Care

Superior care for brain and spine conditions

Desert Regional Medical Center includes a valuable asset in the Coachella Valley – the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ΙCΟΝ). The facility offers:

  • Advanced brain and spine care services, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation.
  • A dedicated neurological critical-care unit
  • The expertise and technology to treat brain and spine conditions, from strokes to head trauma to spinal cord injuries
  • Long-term rehabilitation and outpatient follow-up care

The Stroke Program

Home to the Coachella Valley’s only designated Trauma Center, Desert Regional has raised the standard of neurological care in the region by creating an advanced Stroke Program that receives rapid transfers from smaller hospitals across the region. Desert Regional has received advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading hospital-accrediting organization. It has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

At Desert Regional, stroke care begins with triage of the patient in the emergency room, immediate evaluation by the stroke team, advanced imaging, the 24/7 availability of an endovascular specialist and dedicated care in the neurological critical-care and/or stroke units. If necessary, our commitment extends to long-term rehabilitation care and outpatient follow-up for you or a loved one.

The Neurointerventional Program

ICON’s Neurointerventional Program features highly specialized neuroendovascular techniques that avoid conventional open surgery, when possible, to treat neurovascular diseases. Some of its procedures include:

  • Coil embolization of ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms
  • Mechanical endovascular clot removal for acute stroke
  • Intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke
  • Pre-operative embolization of vascular malformations of the brain and spine
  • Pre-operative embolization of intracranial and spine tumors
  • Carotid stent and angioplasty
  • Intracranial angioplasty and stent placement
  • Inferior petrosal sinus sampling for Cushing disease
  • Dural venous sinus stent/venoplasty
  • Dural venous sinus manometry for pseudotumor cerebri/idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Percutaneous kyphoplasty
  • Diagnostic cerebral angiogram
  • Diagnostic spinal angiogram
  • WADA testing

A collaboration between Desert Regional’s neurosurgery and radiation oncology teams also targets formerly inoperable brain tumors. They use Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), a non-invasive treatment option for select patients with brain tumors, vascular malformations and other conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia.

SRS uses 3D computerized imaging to precisely target thin beams of high-dose radiation to the targeted area, with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Unlike conventional, whole-brain radiation, SRS can be repeated or used in addition to whole-brain radiation. The tumor is not removed, but radiation distorts the DNA of the tumor cells so they lose their ability to reproduce.

Tumors that can be treated with SRS include acoustic neuromas, some malignant gliomas, chordomas, hemangioblastomas, meningiomas, pineal tumors, pituitary adenomas and metastatic brain tumors.

The Spine Care Program

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and doctor’s visits. The good news is that 90% of people with back pain will get better within a month. Only 5% will remain disabled for longer than three months.

ICON’s Spine Care Program is designed specifically for back- and neck-pain patients. It incorporates some of the latest research to help you take measures to prevent or lessen your pain. Its team includes a clinical coordinator who is in charge of your care, as well as specialists in spine and neurosurgery, neurology, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology, physical therapy and psychology. They work together as needed to determine the best course of treatment for you.

The Spine Care Program has developed a diagnostic and treatment protocol that reflects the input of the specialty-trained team, incorporating some of the latest evidence-based medicine and research as well as relevant literature from the medical community at large. In addition, Desert Regional has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission.

As a patient, you will participate in an initial assessment and be referred to Spine Program practitioners, as appropriate, for treatment. You will see the specialty practitioners relevant to your recommended treatment plan, streamlining your care for optimum timely recovery.

Treatment plans start with conservative methods of back-pain management, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, heat and cold therapy, special exercise or massage. If pain does not resolve using conservative methods, surgery might be an option. Minimally invasive techniques are used for fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery and return to normal activity.

Spine Surgery Outcomes

At ICON, the goal is simple: We want to return you to normal function as quickly and safely as possible. Our program is dedicated to providing the highest quality care.

Evaluating functional outcomes is an important part of producing quality results. To do this, we ask you to complete a back-pain survey before surgery and again at regular intervals. You will rate your improvement in performing specific daily activities. Listed below are results for 3 of the 10 questions.  The higher the percentage score, the greater the improvement in back pain. The percentages, corresponding to the greater time periods after surgery, indicate specific functional improvement associated with spine surgery.


Please contact our brain and spine specialists at 800-491-4990.

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