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Surgical Procedures for Multiple Sclerosis

At this time, there are no surgical treatments for the underlying disease of multiple sclerosis (MS). But, there are some surgeries that may be done to treat the symptoms of MS, such as:

  • Surgically-placed pumps —These pumps, placed inside the body, can deliver medicines to reduce spasticity and pain.
  • Deep brain stimulation—This involves implanting a device in the brain that sends electrical signals, which can block the signals that are triggering tremors. Some people with MS have tremors (eg, in their limbs or other parts of their bodies) that affect their daily activities.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2014 -
  • Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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