Dayton's back surgery went fine; will recover at Mayo for a few days

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Gov. Mark Dayton's back surgery at Mayo Clinic Monday was "successful," according to an update from spokeperson Matt Swenson on Twitter.

The 68-year-old had the elective procedure done to improve the strength and stability in his legs, WCCO reported. The procedure was to fuse vertebrae in his lower back – he had a similar procedure done in 2012.

Dayton also had surgery in recent years to repair a tendon in his hip, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

“I want to assure everyone that this procedure will not diminish either my capacity to fulfill my duties as Governor, or my passion for serving the people of Minnesota,” said Dayton in his statement, according to the Pioneer Press.

Dayton is expected to remain at Mayo for a few days of recovery time, and will be in contact with his staff and commissioners.

According to his office, Dayton expects to resume his regular schedule in about a week.

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