Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett underwent a successful surgical procedure to repair an abdominal hernia this morning at Allegheny General Outpatient Surgical Center in Pittsburgh.
The procedure, performed by general surgeon, Dr. John J. Raves, was considered to be routine for the treatment of an abdominal hernia. Raves described the procedure as successful and said Corbett was resting comfortably. First Lady Susan Corbett was with her husband at the surgical center during the procedure.
In accordance with Article IV, § 13, of the PA Constitution, and Act 347 of 1974 (71 P.S. §§ 784.1-784.7, Lt. Gov. James Cawley was acting governor for approximately 1 1/2 hours while Corbett was under general anesthesia. Corbett was awake and alert by 8:35 a.m. and physicians cleared him to resume the powers and duties of his office.
The governor was immediately released and will recuperate for a few days at his home in suburban Pittsburgh. Doctors expect Corbett will return to Harrisburg by Monday.
Without medical treatment, hernias can cause pain and discomfort. To avoid these issues, physicians often recommend repairing the hernia. The governor’s surgery was performed with a laparoscope, limiting the incision site and shortening the recovery period of the surgery.
Recent physical examinations have shown Corbett, 64, to be in excellent health.
Dr. Raves is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow (FACS) of the American College of Surgeons. He is on staff at Allegheny Surgical Associates in Pittsburgh.