Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will undergo back surgery in Pittsburgh Monday at Allegheny
General Hospital as part of his treatment for spinal stenosis. A release from his office describes the surgery as a routine procedure.
While Corbett is under anesthesia, Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will serve as acting governor.
The statement says Corbett is expected to be in the hospital for one or two days but plans to resume his duties while recuperating at his suburban Pittsburgh home by Tuesday. His office says he plans to return to Harrisburg by the end of the week.
Spinal stenosis, most commonly caused by aging, is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can lead to persistent pain and decreased physical activity.