Gov. Mark Dayton was back in St. Paul on Friday after having hip surgery at Mayo Clinic early in the week.

Doctors reattached Dayton's tendon, which he injured in a fall at the governor's residence last year.

The 67-year-old said his surgery was successful.

"I'm on my way to recovery," Dayton said from the governor's residence in St. Paul Friday afternoon.

The governor had spent four days at Rochester Mayo's Clinic after the surgery.

Dayton has said repeatedly that the physical injury and recovery would not stop him from doing his job as governor or mounting a vigorous campaign for re-election. Dayton, who will need a brace for several months, staffers said the governor met with senior staff at the residence on Friday.

The governor had said he was not in significant pain, but the injury made his hip less stable.