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Updated: Governor Corbett to Have Routine Back Surgery on Monday

Governor Corbett will undergo routine back surgery to treat spinal stenosis, a form of pressure on the spinal cord caused by the aging process, the Governor’s office announced on Friday.

The surgery will require Corbett to stay at Allegheny General Hospital for a day or two, after which he’ll recuperate at his home in Shaler Township in the hopes of returning to Harrisburg by the end of the next week.  Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will serve as acting governor while Corbett is under general anesthesia.

Orthopaedic spinal specialist Dr. Mark A. Fye and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Patrick J. DeMeo will perform the surgery.  Both surgeons will brief the media on the Governor’s condition after the procedure on Monday.

UPDATE: As he struggled to survive John Hinckley’s assassination attempt in 1981, Ronald Reagan famously quipped to the medical personnel working feverishly to save the Gipper’s life: “I hope you are all Republicans.”  Governor Corbett, it seems, has no such worry.  According to campaign finance reports, Dr. DeMeo has given the Governor $2000 in contributions since 2008.

According to a statement released by Corbett’s office today: “Spinal stenosis is 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.”

Click here to read the full release.

Check back for updates on the Governor’s condition on Monday.

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  2. I have a back problem and I can’t afford to get it fixed. Maybe he would have to put up with it if he had to buy his own insurace.

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