ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says an ongoing problem with pain in his left hip isn’t going to affect his intention to run for re-election next year.

The governor is getting ready for a trip to Mayo Clinic where he’ll undergo a medical procedure meant to aid healing of a hip muscle he tore last summer.

Dayton said Tuesday it doesn’t affect his ability to do his job. He joked that, “Last I read, brain cells are located in the head, not the hip.”

The 66-year-old governor will be in Rochester Wednesday for the procedure known as platelet rich plasma injection. He’s planning two weeks of recuperation where he’ll work from the governor’s residence and skip public appearances.

Dayton says he’s had a painful four months and hopes the procedure works.

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