Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was resting Monday evening, Oct. 15, after undergoing another back surgery, his second in four days.
Dayton’s staff said the governor’s doctors deemed both surgeries a success. He will remain at the Rochester’s Mayo Clinic, where both procedures took place, for the next few days.
“This final surgery will provide more support for his vertebrae and better ensure the long-term stability of his back and legs,” an earlier statement from Dayton said.
The surgery is a follow-up to the successful lower back surgery the 71-year-old Democrat had on Friday, Oct. 12, which fused vertebrae in his lower back.
“I am following the advice of my doctor,” Dayton said in the earlier statement. “This additional procedure will ensure my fusion heals completely.”
The recent surgeries are similar to the ones he had in 2012 and 2015, which also fused vertebrae in his lower back. It also adds to the list of health woes he has had during his two terms — multiple back surgeries, a procedure to repair a torn hip and prostate cancer, which he announced one day after collapsing at the State of the State Address in 2017.
After the surgery, Dayton was conscious and resting comfortably, a statement from his office said.
During his stay at the Mayo Clinic, Dayton will remain the active governor through communication with his commissioners and staff, spokesman Matt Swenson said.
The current lieutenant governor is Michelle Fischbach, a Republican. Three of Dayton’s previous surgeries occurred when the lieutenant governor was current U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat.