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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Governor Tom Corbett left Allegheny General Hospital this morning after what he referred to as successful surgery for a back problem.

As he departed the North Side hospital, Corbett said he had been busy working since Tuesday morning.

"I feel really good," he told reporters.

The governor underwent surgery Monday to correct a narrowing of the spinal column that was causing him lower back and leg pain. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley served as acting governor during Corbett's surgery.

The 61-year-old Shaler Republican said he would continue to work from his Western Pennsylvania home until he leaves for Harrisburg on Friday.

He even gave thumbs-up to his hospital food.

Corbett could be heard chatting on his cell phone in his car as spokesman Kevin Harley explained his prognosis. "He walked out, he is feeling great and he is looking forward to being able to take walks with his wife Susan," said Harley.

The governor will give a commencement speech at Albright College in Reading on Saturday, Harley said.

First Lady Susan Corbett said in an interview with the Tribune-Review last Friday that both she and her husband were looking forward to getting out of the official residence more and taking walks in Harrisburg. "We also plan on using the work-out room at the residence," she said.

Escalating pain had prevented Corbett from enjoying simple recreation like that recently, said Harley. "The governor and Susan used to take daily walks all of the time with their dog when they lived on Front Street," he said.

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