Minn. Governor Dayton to undergo hip surgery

By KBJR News 1

Minn. Governor Dayton to undergo hip surgery

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will undergo hip surgery next week.

Dayton will head to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on February 6th for surgery which is expected to take about an hour. The procedure will reattach the major hip tendons to the bone around the hip joint.

Doctors say several tests have revealed that these tendons have become detached from the bone, and the muscle shows early signs of disuse atrophy.

Following surgery, the Governor will have to wear a protective brace for up to three months in order to immobilize the hip area and allow the muscle to reattach to the bone. Officials say the brace will restrict some travel, however it will still allow Gov. Dayton to carry out his duties.

“I have the utmost confidence in the medical professionals at Mayo and am confident that this surgery will ensure greater mobility,” said Governor Dayton. "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."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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