10:21 update: HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office says his hernia surgery went well and he's resumed his role and powers as governor.
Press secretary Jay Pagni said Thursday morning that Corbett was out of Allegheny General Hospital and on his way home to Shaler to recuperate.
Pagni says the transfer of power to Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley lasted from 7:10 a.m. to 8:35 a.m., while Corbett was under general anesthesia.
Pagni says Corbett "was in great spirits" as he left the hospital.
Originally reported: HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is turning over the reins of power briefly to undergo hernia surgery in a Pittsburgh hospital.
His office describes the Thursday morning procedure as minor and says he's expected to be under general anesthesia for about an hour.
The laparoscopic procedure at Allegheny General Hospital's outpatient surgery facility is to repair an abdominal hernia.
Corbett expects to recuperate for several days at his home in Shaler. His schedule is clear until Monday, when he'll return to work.
Corbett's office plans announce when the governor is awake, alert and deemed by his doctor able to resume his duties as governor from Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.