PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Corbett has been reinstated as governor after undergoing successful back surgery.

Gov. Corbett is expected to be released from Allegheny General Hospital over the next 24 hours.

His recovery time is expected to be about a week.

“We expect a full recovery and I think that he’ll most likely get out of bed this evening and take a few steps. He will probably have some discomfort in his back for a few days. Our goal is to get him home to Shaler as soon as possible. However, I’d like to see him stay at least 24 hours minimum,” Dr. Mark Fye said.

During the time that the Corbett was under general anesthesia, Lt. Gov. James Cawley was the “acting governor.”

Officials say spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which leads to persistent pain and decreased physical activity.

Officials said weakness in his right leg prompted the surgery.

Gov. Corbett could resume full duties in Harrisburg by this weekend.

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