Dr. Wang shares if spinal stenosis is a fatal diagnosis.
Spinal stenosis, as a general term, can be fatal, depending on the area of the body. In the lower spine, in the lumbar spine, at it’s very worst it can cause paralysis sort of from the waist down. If you develop spinal stenosis from an acute event, maybe an accident or a trauma, and it’s located high in the neck, it can be fatal, but it’s very rare.
About Dr. Wang, M.D.:
Dr. Jeffrey Wang, M.D., is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He specializes in all spine disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins, and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves.