HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — 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.