How is surgery used to treat dystonia?

Surgery may be a treatment option if you have dystonia symptoms that do not get better with other therapies. Researchers are actively refining current treatment strategies and collecting information about which patients may benefit the most from surgical treatments.

The majority of people with dystonia respond well to traditional treatments, such as medications. However, surgery may be an option for people with specific types of dystonia in which doctors can remove certain nerves to stop muscle spasms. People with dystonia in the eyes or neck may benefit from surgery.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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