Multiple Myeloma

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Treating Multiple Myeloma TOPICS

Surgery for multiple myeloma

Although surgery is sometimes used to remove single plasmacytomas, it’s rarely used to treat multiple myeloma. When spinal cord compression causes paralysis, severe muscle weakness, or numbness, emergency surgery may be needed. Non-emergency (elective) surgery to attach metal rods or plates can help support weakened bones and may be needed to prevent or treat fractures.

Last Medical Review: 05/22/2014
Last Revised: 01/19/2016