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Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Surgical Procedures for Multiple Sclerosis

There are no surgical treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), but there are options available to treat the symptoms. These include:

  • Surgically-placed pumps—These pumps, placed inside the body, can deliver medications 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 (in the limbs or other parts of the body) that affect daily activities.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2016 -
  • Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated March 4, 2016. Accessed September 13, 2016.

  • NINDS multiple sclerosis information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Updated November 19, 2015. Accessed September 13, 2016.

  • Smail B, Peskine A, Roche N, et al. Intrathecal baclofen for the treatment of spasticity of multiple sclerosis patients. Mult Scler. 2006;12(1):101-103.

  • What is MS? National Multiple Sclerosis Society website. Available at: Accessed September 13, 2016.

  • Xie T, Bernard J, Warnke P. Post subthalamic area deep brain stimulation for tremors: a mini review. Transl Neurodegner. 2012;1(1):20.