Governor Corbett to undergo back surgery on Monday

Gov. Tom Corbett will undergo back surgery Monday for treatment of spinal stenosis at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, his spokesman said today.

Spokesman Kevin Harley said the surgery is considered to be a routine procedure, but will require Corbett to stay in the hospital one or two days.

He said the governor expects to resume his duties by Tuesday while recuperating at his home in Shaler Township, and will return to Harrisburg by the end of the week.

While Corbett is under general anesthesia, Lt. Gov. James Cawley will be acting governor in accordance with the state constitution, Harley said.

A news release from the governor's office defined spinal stenosis as a narrowing of the spinal canal that results in a compression of nerves, leading to persistent pain and decreased physical activity. The most common cause is the natural aging process, the release stated.

His spokesman said Corbett recently underwent a series of medical tests in preparation for the surgery, and is otherwise considered to be in excellent health.

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