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Surgery for Multiple Myeloma

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

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Last Revised: February 28, 2018

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