Governor to have Back Surgery on Monday
May 13, 2011 State events

News services in Pittsburgh and Erie are reporting that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will undergo back surgery  Monday in Pittsburgh for treatment of spinal stenosis.

The surgery at Allegheny General Hospital will require the governor to stay in the hospital for one or two days, the governor’s office announced today.

Corbett is expected to resume his duties Tuesday while recuperating at home
in Shaler Township. He will return to Harrisburg by the end of the week.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, from a variety of causes, resulting in a compression of spinal nerves. It leads to persistent pain and decreased strength from occasional motor nerve dysfunction. The surgical procedure usually involves relieving the compression of the nerves by unroofing portions of the bone around the nerves.



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