Corbett to have back surgery

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Gov. Tom Corbett will have back surgery Monday morning at Allegheny General Hospital for treatment of spinal stenosis, according to a news release from the governor's office this afternoon.

The surgery, which the governor's office describes as "a routine procedure," will require the governor to stay in the hospital for one or two days. The procedure will be performed by orthopedic spinal specialist Dr. Mark A. Fye and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick J. DeMeo.

The news release said Mr. Corbett is expected to resume his duties on Tuesday while he is recuperating at his Shaler home. He expects to return to Harrisburg by next Friday.

Under the state constitution, Lt. Gov. James Cawley will serve as acting governor while Mr. Corbett is under general anesthesia.

The news release describes the governor's condition as "a narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in a compression of nerves, which leads to persistent pain and decreased physical activity. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is the natural aging process. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage."

The release said Mr. Corbett, 61, who recently underwent a series of medical tests in preparation for the surgery, is otherwise considered to be in excellent health.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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