PITTSBURGH, Pa. (CBS) – A cheerful and upbeat Governor Tom Corbett was released from a Pittsburgh hospital today, two days after undergoing successful back surgery.

Corbett (in file photo above) stood as he spoke with reporters upon his release from Allegheny General Hospital, where he had surgery Monday to correct a condition called spinal stenosis, which results from compression of nerves caused by the narrowing of the spinal column (see previous story).

“I’m doing pretty good. I feel real good,” the governor told reporters.  “They took great care of me here. My goodness, how much better I feel — walking around, the ability not to feel pain going down both legs.  I’m very thankful for the surgeons and for the staff here.”

The governor resumed his duties shortly after coming out from under general anesthesia on Monday, and is expected to work from his suburban Pittsburgh home for a few days before returning to the state capital.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo

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