ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is recuperating following a procedure at the Mayo Clinic meant to relieve pain in his hip.
The procedure began at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and lasted for about 80 minutes. Dayton was not sedated while doctors did the platelet rich plasma injection. According to a news release from the Governor's Office, the procedure "went very well."
The 66-year-old governor expects to need two weeks before he returns to an active public schedule. During that period he intends to hold meetings and do other work from the Summit Avenue governor's residence.
Dayton had been experiencing pain since tearing a hip muscle last summer.
The Governor tried to persuade Mayo Clinic employees to let him take home the 4 inch needle, used in the procedure, for a souvenir. However, officials told him that was against protocol.
According to the news release, Dayton said, "Once again, the people at Mayo showed why they are the world's best. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing resource here in Minnesota."
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