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  • Date Submitted: Jun 14, 2022
  • Category: Neurosurgery
Glen Garcia of Fremont was diagnosed with age-related degenerative disc disease in his spine. Over the years, the condition created on/off pain until it kicked into high gear in 2018. “I thought I was having a heart attack. My neck and shoulder froze. It felt like someone was constantly pushing the dull end of a screwdriver into my shoulder.” After a visit to urgent care and an emergency room, things settled down a tad, but the numbness and tingling kept coming back. He knew he needed a permanent fix, and that meant surgery. Based on a recommendation, he saw Desmond Erasmus, MD, Medical Director of Washington Hospital’s Minimally Invasive Spine Program. The surgery was a major success, and Glen even went home the next day. Now he is working again, getting stronger all the time, and has a fantastic goal: “I’m planning to teach my daughter how to snowboard next season.”