NC House Speaker Discharged From Hospital After Surgery

House Speaker Joe Hackney is out of the hospital, a day after undergoing surgery to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with cancer.

Hackney spokesman Bill Holmes says Hackney was discharged around 3 p.m. Holmes says the speaker was returning to his Orange County home to recuperate.

The surgery to remove Hackney's prostate was performed at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill Friday morning.

Hackney was recovering by midday.

Plans are for him to return to the Legislative Building early in the new year.

It may take him longer to return to the full strength needed to practice law and run a Chatham County beef cattle farm with his brother.

Hackney's office said the cancer was diagnosed three months ago following regular blood screenings and appears to be limited to the prostate.

Doctors believe the Orange County Democrat shouldn't require additional cancer treatment.