Gov. Mark Dayton to Undergo Lower Back Surgery Friday Morning

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Gov. Mark Dayton

October 11, 2018 03:28 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to undergo lower back surgery Friday morning at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, his office announced Thursday.

A release said the procedure will be similar to those performed in 2012 and 2015 which fused vertebrae. Those surgeries, the release said, were beneficial in improving strength and stability in his legs.

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The surgery is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. During the procedure, Dayton will be under general anesthesia. And he is expected to remain in the hospital for what the release said was a few days afterward. However, he plans to be in "constant contact" with his commissioners and staff.

"Anyone, who has observed my walking in recent months, has seen that I have difficulties with my leg strength and, occasionally, with my balance," Dayton said in a statement.

"My doctor believes that this procedure will help with both conditions. I have the utmost confidence in him and the other tremendous people, who will take care of me at Mayo. After the surgery, I will be in constant touch with my Commissioners and staff and fully able to carry out my responsibilities as Governor, as I have immediately after previous treatments there."

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