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Dayton Heads To Rochester For Back Surgery

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 6:52 am

Spinal surgery will be sidelining Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for the rest of the year.

The Associated Press reports that on Thursday, Dayton was set to go to Rochester’s Mayo Clinic for an operation he hopes will relieve a constriction in his lower back. The procedure will involve fusing a vertebrae in the same area that is shifting out of alignment.

According to Mayo Clinic descriptions, the spinal stenosis that afflicts Dayton is usually caused by normal wear-and-tear on the spine due to aging.

Dayton turns 66 in a few weeks.

He is scheduled to be released from the hospital by Monday and will return to St. Paul then. He plans to work from the Governor’s Residence during a recuperation period.

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