Gov. Corbett is back to being governor and having strength in his weakened legs.
The governor, 61, had successful back surgery Monday morning at Allegheny General Hospital after seeing doctors about a month ago after his persistent back and leg troubles had worsened. He was diagnosed with a narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis and underwent 90-minute corrective surgery.
In a formality, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley took over from 7:15 through 10:30 a.m.
Corbett's wife, Susan, said she had to reject his first request after coming out of surgery.
"As soon as he became governor, he had a big smile on his face and asked for coffee. We told him that he was governor everywhere but the recovery room," she said, "because he can't have that just yet."