• Eisenhower Auxiliary’s...
    Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fund-raising dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Meet the residents and celebrate Eisenhower’s commitment to elevating medical diagnostics to the digital era. Proceeds will be directed to the acquisition of state-of-the-art hand-held ultrasound devices and other diagnostic equipment for Eisenhower’s inaugural class of residents and faculty in the School of Graduate Medical Education. click for more

  • Oak Glen Ripe for the ...
    Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

    An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold. click for more

  • 5 THINGS
    1 . Get a Massage - Treat your body to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Invite your spouse or a friend to join you at the spa.

    2 . Read a New Author - Peruse The New York Times Book Review and find some authors you’ve never read.

    3. Skip Dessert All Week - Muster your willpower and ignore your sweet tooth until Sunday — then savor every bite of a special dessert.

    4. Watch a Documentary - Scan your movie provider and choose an interesting documentary. You might learn something new!

    5. Write a Sweet Note - Write a short, kind note and leave it for a loved one to find. You’ll probably “make their day.”

  • Eisenhower Named Most ...
    For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care facilities, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Eisenhower is the first and only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the recognition. click for more
  • Eisenhower Named Leade...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Joins Ameri...
    Eisenhower Medical Center is joining the American Cancer Society for their landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a grassroots effort where local communities can... click for more
  • Figue - Savoring Medit...
    New Mediterranean eatery Figue (rhymes with league), located in La Quinta, is the vision of a passionate owner and an equally enthralled chef who was completely taken by the enthusiasm of his future employer. “The mission statement Lee Morcus posted when advertising for a chef was unlike any mission statement I’d ever read,” says Executive Chef Francois de Mélogue. “I was like the secretary in the Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire, who grabbed the goldfish and went with him. I was responding to what his energy was, and I knew what my experience could bring to the table.” click for more

Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion

Translation: Strength and Energy Regained

It was a little more than two years ago that John Fletcher, a transportation security administration (TSA) screener at the Palm Springs International Airport noticed something unusual. 

  “I had this ache in my back,” remembers Fletcher. “I thought I had pulled some muscles. Then one day, I was coming out of the shower and toweling off and I had no strength in my right arm. I couldn’t pull it up.”

  Fletcher made an appointment with his primary care physician to find out what was wrong. His initial course of treatment was pain management therapy which included steroid injections. “I wasn’t really feeling pain,” explains Fletcher. “It was more like weakness in my arm, and I was rapidly losing strength.”

 Frustrated, Fletcher lived with his situation for the better part of a year, adapting as best he could. “I was a dual-certified officer with TSA at the time, so I worked check point and baggage screening,” says Fletcher. “The problem didn’t impair my job, but at times it became difficult to lift baggage.” After months of therapy, an X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — which revealed degenerative disc disease — it was determined that surgery was Fletcher’s best option.

Fletcher was referred to Eisenhower Neurosurgeon Shahin Etebar, MD, Medical Director, Eisenhower Neuroscience Institute. “When I reviewed John’s case, he had significant narrowness of the spinal canal at levels C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 due to degeneration of the discs and bone spur formation,” says Dr. Etebar. “The combination of the two was causing impingement of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves.” Dr. Etebar chose to perform an anterior cervical discectomy fusion on Fletcher. “This operation is one of the most successful that we do in spine surgery,” explains Dr. Etebar. “The outcomes are usually excellent with full resolution of pain and weakness for the patient. The most common response I get from patients after the surgery is that the procedure wasn’t very painful, they’re feeling much better and they should have done this much sooner."

Confident in Dr. Etebar’s expertise and comfortable with his demeanor, Fletcher went in for surgery in May 2013. Usually, in a procedure like Fletcher’s, the degenerated disc or discs are removed through an incision made in the front of the neck. Then, a cervical fusion is performed by using a block of bone to fill the area where the disc had previously been. During the healing process, the bone graft fuses with the vertebrae to form a new bone mass called a fusion.

Following the four-hour surgery, Fletcher spent two days in the hospital before being released. He also spent one month recouping at home. “John recovered very nicely,” says Dr. Etebar. “His strength came back quickly. I prescribed a home exercise regimen for him using light weights, as well as the use of an electronic magnetic bone stimulator to stimulate bone growth and healing, which is particularly advantageous for patients who have had multi-level surgery.” Fletcher returned to work by the end of July 2013.

Fletcher and his partner Donna were so pleased with the care he received that they wrote a letter to Eisenhower detailing the experience. “I’m very happy that the problem has been corrected. Everyone at Eisenhower Neuroscience Institute, especially the members of my surgical team, was just superb from beginning to end.”