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Gov. Dayton to Undergo Hip Surgery at Mayo Clinic

Created: 01/28/2014 1:28 PM WDIO.com

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will undergo hip surgery next. It will be his second procedure in the last three months.

Dayton announced Tuesday that he will undergo hip surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester next Thursday. It's expected to take about one hour.

The procedure will reattach the major hip tendons to the bone around the hip joint. The governor's office said several tests have revealed that the tendons have become detached from the bone, and the muscle shows early signs of disuse atrophy. According to Mayo, surgery is the most effective option to help with the pain, prevent further muscle atrophy, and restore functionality and mobility.

In a news release, Dayton said "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."

After surgery, Dayton will have to wear a protective brace for about three months. It will immobilize the hip area and permit the muscle to reattach completely to the bone.

Dayton's last hip treatment was done at Mayo in October, where doctors did a platelet rich plasma injection.

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