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Dayton undergoes successful spinal surgery

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has undergone spinal surgery that will likely sideline him for the rest of the year.

Dayton spokeswoman Kathleen Tinucci says the Mayo Clinic surgeon who performed the procedure Thursday reports it went as planned, without any complications. She says the governor was out of surgery and awake by mid-afternoon.

Dayton hopes the operation will relieve a constriction in his lower back, known as stenosis, which Mayo says is generally caused by normal wear-and-tear on the spine due to aging. The procedure involves fusing vertebrae that shift out of alignment.

Dayton turns 66 in a few weeks.

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

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ROCHESTER, Minnesota (WXOW) -- Spinal surgery will likely sideline Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for the rest of the year.

Dayton is heading to Rochester's Mayo Clinic Thursday for an operation he hopes will relieve a constriction in his lower back, known as stenosis.

Mayo Clinic says the spinal stenosis that afflicts Dayton is generally 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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