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Treating Brain Disease and More

The Carondelet Neurological Institute marks its 10th anniversary in 2019.  We are honored to serve Southern Arizona and the thousands of patients who have entrusted Carondelet with their care. 

Carondelet Neurological Institute’s team of specialists are dedicated to the treatment of neurological disorders and injuries. Based at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Institute is designed for the delivery of a full-range of diagnostic and treatment services for most neurological conditions.

The Carondelet Neurological Institute 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

Stroke Treatment

Home to the Carondelet Neurological Institute, Carondelet Health Network has raised the standard of neurological care in the region by creating a comprehensive stroke program that receives rapid transfers from smaller hospitals across the region. The Carondelet Neurological Institute has received certification as an Advanced 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 and Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

At the Carondelet Neurological Institute, 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

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

  • Mechanical endovascular clot removal for acute stroke
  • Intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke
  • Coil embolization of ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms
  • Pre-operative embolization of vascular malformations of the brain and spine
  • Carotid stent and angioplasty
  • Intracranial angioplasty and stent placement
  • Diagnostic cerebral angiogram
  • Diagnostic spinal angiogram

Spine Surgery

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.

CNI’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, the Carondelet Neurological Institute 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 the CNI, 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.

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