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Gov. Dayton resting after successful hip surgery

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An aide to Mark Dayton says Minnesota's governor is resting comfortably after surgery to relieve pain in his hip.

Bob Hume sent word via Twitter.

Dayton is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Star Tribune reported beforehand that the procedure would put the 67-year-old under general anesthesia for an hour while the surgical team reattaches the major hip tendon to the bone around the hip joint. According to Mayo, the surgery that Dayton was undergoing is considered the most effective option to help with pain, prevent further muscle atrophy and restore functionality and mobility. Dayton previously said that the surgery would give him better stability.

Dayton postponed the procedure last week so that he could attend Joan Mondale's funeral.

KARE had a statement from Dayton that was issued before his previously scheduled surgery.

"I have the utmost confidence in the medical professionals at Mayo and am confident that this surgery will ensure greater mobility," said the written statement. "I want to assure Minnesotans that there is nothing about this procedure that will affect my capacity to fulfill my duties as Governor or outweigh my passion for serving the people of Minnesota. I look forward to a full recovery and aggressively seeking reelection this fall."

Dayton has said that he will work from the governor's residence while recuperating. He will limit travel for up to three months, in part because of a brace he will wear.

Monday's procedure is Dayton's third at the Rochester clinic since taking office. He had back surgery in December of 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.

The DFL governor is running for a second term and faces a busy campaign season ahead.

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