Gov. Corbett discharged from Allegheny General after successful surgery
Gov. Tom Corbett underwent successful surgery Thursday at Allegheny General Hospital to repair an abdominal hernia, his office said.
Corbett, 64, was discharged after the outpatient procedure and is resting at his home in Shaler. Doctors expect he will return to Harrisburg by Monday.
The procedure, performed by Dr. John J. Raves, was described as routine treatment. Raves said the surgery was successful and Corbett was resting comfortably.
The governor's office said Lt. Gov James Cawley served as acting governor for an hour and a half while Corbett was under anesthesia.
The surgery took place at Allegheny General's outpatient surgical center in the North Side. Corbett was awake and alert by 8:35 a.m. and physicians cleared him to resume his duties as governor, according to his office.
Because of the surgery, Corbett canceled a Friday evening appearance in Butler County at the Lincoln Day dinner sponsored by the county Republican Committee.
First Lady Susan Corbett will replace her husband as the keynote speaker at the event at the Butler Country Club in Penn, county Republican Committee Chair Jeff Smith said. Susan Corbett accompanied her husband at the surgical center during the surgery.
Smith said that Corbett promised that he will attend another event in Butler County this year to make up for his cancellation.
Corbett has lost about 35 pounds since last summer. Recent physical exams found him to be in “excellent health,” his office said in a statement.
Corbett had back surgery at Allegheny General in May 2011, his first year in office, to address spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause pain and reduce activity. In that case he spent two days at the hospital.
Corbett also had angioplasty to clear a blocked artery after a mild heart attack in 1997.
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