Dayton Aide Says Governor's Hip Procedure at Mayo is Complete

Posted at: 10/23/2013 2:07 PM
Updated at: 10/23/2013 2:54 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is recuperating following a procedure at the Mayo Clinic meant to relieve pain in his hip.

An aide in the governor's office reported just after noon Wednesday that the procedure was complete and went well. Dayton was not sedated while doctors did the platelet rich plasma injection. Dayton planned to return to St. Paul later in the day.

The 66-year-old governor expects to need two weeks before he returns to an active public schedule. During that period he intends to hold meetings and do other work from the Summit Avenue governor's residence.

Dayton had been experiencing pain since tearing a hip muscle last summer.

Dayton's office released a statement this afternoon:

Governor Dayton reports that his Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection this morning at the Mayo Clinic went very well.  It began at 10:40 am and lasted for about 80 minutes.  Part of that time was spent centrifuging blood drawn from Governor Dayton to create the PRP, which was then injected into his damaged hip area. 

The Governor said the most noteworthy part of the procedure was the 4 inch needle used for the injection.  He said he tried to persuade Mayo to let him take the needle home as a souvenir, but was told its disappearance would breach their protocol!

The Governor also said, “Once again, the people at Mayo showed why they are the world’s best.  We are very fortunate to have such an amazing resource here in Minnesota.”

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10/23/2013 12:53:37 PM (GMT -5:00)