Minnesota Gov. Dayton heading to Mayo to undergo spinal surgery that will briefly sideline him

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 6:50 AM
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eviter33Dec. 27, 12 7:05 AM

Many Minnesotans are sending their best wishes your way, Governor. You're in good hands at the Mayo and I'm sure you'll be up and about and back to normal very soon!

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west336Dec. 27, 12 8:31 AM

Since when is Spinal Fusion a surgery that "briefly sidelines" people? It's a major ordeal, and carries a very high risk of complications. Good luck with your surgery Governor!

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gemie1Dec. 27, 12 9:11 AM

Governor, I wish you the best and a quick recovery. I had surgery in the Orthopedic Surgery Department and I had complications. If you find that you are not recovering correctly, the beat place in the country is The Hospital For Special Surgery. The chair of the Orthopedic Surgery Department at Mayo was not able to see that my legs were uneven. Uneven legs are a common complication for hip replacements. I hope it goes better for you.

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georgina17Dec. 27, 12 9:13 AM

West336: Current surgical procedures on the spine can be much less invasive and therefore have shorter recovery periods than 20 years ago. There are always many other variables, but what is described here is a possibility.

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jepop90Dec. 27, 1210:29 AM

Doctors have been performing laminectomy surgery for over 100 years, it is well known and well understood. Surgery on the back is always serious but if the Gov has a good Ortho Doc (and I'm guessing he does) then he should be fine. I had my laminectomy done back in August and am feeling great.

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dlriowaDec. 27, 1212:11 PM

i would ask governor dayton if the people of minnesota will have the freedom to choose to go to the mayo clinic after he changes the landscape of insurance in our state. clearly he understands the value of superior medical care and the choice to seek that, now, if he will leave those rights in the hands of minnesotans and not in the hands of the politicians

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alansonDec. 27, 1212:20 PM

Most likely the Governor will be fine. However, the risks of back surgery are high enough that the Lieutenant Governor should have been given full authority to act as Governor during Dayton's surgery and his period of incapacitation after surgery. Not to have done so is irresponsible.

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Kate23Dec. 27, 1212:45 PM

alanson: One might ask why one would need to call the Governor "irresponsible" as he heads off to surgery. We ARE in the Christmas season...you know, joy and goodwill to all people?

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gemie1Dec. 27, 12 2:17 PM

@dlriowa, the Mayo Clinic tells some uninsured patients that they have to come up with 5000 dollars before they can be seen. I have no doubt that Governor Dayton will receive amazing treatment at Mayo, but this is not always the case for an ordinary person. I actually had to go out of state to the top orthopedic hospital in the country, because I had received substandard care in the Orthopedic Surgery Department. My original surgeon did my knee replacement and was appropriate in every way and I went back a year later for my hip replacement. I had a totally different experience for my hip replacement. I felt that my role as a patient was to be a tool for hazing a resident. She though claims nothing happened and was a few months later, hired my Mayo. The resident who assisted my doctor came from a one star medical school, weighed around 100 pounds and was about 5 feet tall. The dynamic between my surgeon, the resident and myself added more stress, but no one cared, because I was an ordinary person. When I finally saw the chair of the department, he made the decision or was just no longer a competent doctor and missed it, to let me go around with uneven legs. Uneven legs is a common complication for hip replacements. He was though motivated to include in my patient notes that I had a problem getting a long with my original surgeon. Having uneven legs can cause lower back pain, the sides of my hips hurt and lower joint issues. I can forget about taking long walks. I received two letters telling me basically not to come back unless another doctor tells them why I should be seen again, and only then, will they decide if they can do anything for me. There is a reason why patient registration is way down in the Orthopedic Surgery Department in comparison to 2001. Out of the three most popular surgeries in the United States and two of them being hip and knee replacements, this department is not attracting as many new patients or as many returning ones. Governor Dayton can now give them some publicity.

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