2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

16 March 2020

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients and employees. To that end, Desert Institute for Spine Disorders has strict infection prevention and control protocols and procedures in place to handle suspected cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, patients and vendors should not visit our office if they are sick or have cold or flu like symptoms. If you exhibit one or more of the following signs: fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea, please remain at home and call your primary care physician. Your can find more information on COVID-19 by visting the websites below.

Our Practice During COVID-19

2 April 2020

To continue providing the best care for our patients while keeping our patients and employees safe and healthy, please take a moment to read about the precautions we are taking and the updates to practice procedures. Please be advised that all dates noted here are subject to change. Please call the office for the most up-to-date information.

Office Appointments
  • Office appointments will occur via voice and video conferencing Telemedicine. We will schedule the Telemedicine appointment in lieu of an in-office appointment for new patients, follow-up visits, and post-operative appointments. There may be circumstances that will require an in-office visit. Visit our Telemedicine page for more information.
  • A visual examination is critical in the absence of an in-office visit. Please confirm your video camera is working and you have plenty of room in front of your camera for the doctor to see you from head to toe at some point during the evaluation.
Surgery
  • All non-emergent surgeries have been cancelled by order of the Governor. Once elective surgeries are approved, we will first take care of those who were rescheduled and will likely have additional time available to complete all of the surgeries safely and quickly. Completing your Telemedicine evaluation now will ensure you a spot on the surgery schedule for those who need surgery.
  • Urgent or Emergency surgery will be available.
Office Hours
  • We will be open Monday through Thursday from April 6 to August 31 from 6:30am – 4:00pm and closed on Fridays.


We ask all our patients to stay home as much as possible, to limit travel and continue social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart at all times). Lack of COVID-19 symptoms does not mean you are not carrying the virus. Protect your loved ones! We also ask that you speak with your primary care doctor if you are taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. Advil or Ibuprofen).

We would also like to encourage our patients to maintain physical activity and take the time to walk outdoors and get fresh air. Healthy eating habits, exercise and smoking cessation will improve your immune system and improve your chance of recovery. The healthier you are, the better your body will be in fighting infections. Please visit our website for updated suggestions on physical activities, at home workouts, healthy eating choices, and more.

We are here to help as much as possible during these hard times. We are all stronger when we are united as we are all now part of a world community. We wish you all a safe and happy day.

Please take care of yourselves and God bless,

Dr. Pitt and Staff

Watch for Symptoms