Desert Care Network includes a valuable asset in the Coachella Valley – the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ΙCΟΝ). ICON 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 Care Network’s three-hospital system provides stroke care close to home. Anchored by a Comprehensive Stroke Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, our program has raised
the standard of neurological care in the region. Desert Regional has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor
Roll. Learn more about our Stroke Program.
At Desert Care Network, stroke care begins with triage of the patient in the emergency room, advanced imaging, the 24/7 availability of an endovascular specialists at Desert Regional, including 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
Diagnostic cerebral angiogram
Diagnostic spinal angiogram
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
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
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 achieved Advanced Certification in 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.
For more information on the programs available at ICON, call (760) 416-4511, or visit www.deserticon.com.