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One More Surgery for Governor Dayton

One More Surgery for Governor Dayton Photo: MGNonline.

October 14, 2018 04:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Office of Governor Mark Dayton sent an update on Sunday regarding Dayton's back surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Friday.

In a statement, Dayton's staff said the governor's back surgery was successful and that Dayton's doctor is pleased with how Friday's surgery went. The statement also added that the doctor believes the procedure will strengthen the Governor's legs, as intended.

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On Monday, the Governor will undergo a follow-up procedure which is supposed to strengthen the fusion in his lower back. According to the statement, this final surgery will provide more support for his vertebrae and ensure a long-term stability of his back and legs.

The Governor’s surgery is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am. During the procedure, Governor Dayton will be under general anesthesia. Afterward, the Governor will remain in the hospital for a few days, where he plans to be in contact with his commissioners and staff. 

The following is a statement from Governor Dayton:

“I have great confidence in the outstanding medical professionals at Mayo Clinic, who have taken excellent care of me this weekend. 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. This additional procedure will ensure my fusion heals completely. Improving both of these conditions, for the long-term, will help me enjoy playing with my grandchildren for years to come. 

“I want to thank the many Minnesotans who have sent me their well wishes these last several days. As with previous treatments at Mayo Clinic, I have been in communication with my Commissioners and staff throughout the weekend, working on behalf of the people of Minnesota.”

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