Dayton stays an extra day at Mayo Clinic

  • Updated: December 31, 2012 - 7:58 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton will ring in the new year at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where's he's extending his stay by a day as he recovers from back surgery.

Dayton's spokeswoman, Katharine Tinucci, said Monday that he and his doctor decided he would benefit from one more day of recovery. Dayton, 65, had surgery last Thursday to relieve a constriction in his lower back and was to return to the governor's residence on Monday.

Mayo says Dayton's condition is caused by normal wear and tear on the spine. The surgeon who operated on Dayton says the procedure went as planned with no complications.

Dayton now plans to return home on Tuesday, and is forgoing public events for the next few weeks as he recuperates.

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