Gov. Mark Dayton to Undergo 2nd Back Surgery in 4 Days

Gov. Mark Dayton spoke with the media Wednesday morning. Photo: KSTP
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke with the media Wednesday morning.

October 14, 2018 04:35 PM

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will undergo back surgery Monday, a follow-up to a procedure Dayton had Friday.

Deputy Chief of Staff Matt Swenson said Friday's surgery was successful, but Dayton's doctor recommended another procedure to "further strengthen the fusion in his lower back."


Monday's surgery is scheduled for 8 a.m. and "will provide more support for his vertebrae, and better ensure the long-term stability of his back and legs."

RELATED: Gov. Mark Dayton to Undergo Lower Back Surgery Friday Morning

Dayton will remain hospitalized for several days after the surgery.

"I have great confidence in the outstanding medical professionals at Mayo Clinic, who have taken excellent care of me this weekend," the governor said in a statement. "I am following the advice of my doctor, who believes that Friday’s surgery has alleviated the compression on my nerves, which will greatly-improve my leg strength and balance."



Anthony Brousseau

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