Doctor: Gov. Dayton's surgery goes 'as planned'

4:38 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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ROCHESTER, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton's spinal surgery went as planned and the governor is awake, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Jeremy Fogelson, the surgeon who performed the procedure, says there were no complications to report.

The spinal surgery is sidelining Dayton for the rest of the year. The corrective operation will relieve constriction in his lower back. The procedure involved 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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