[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/23/art.scotus0223.gi.jpg caption="Justice Ginsburg returned to the Court Monday after having surgery for pancreatic cancer."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench Monday, in her first public appearance since undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer February 5.
The 75-year-old Ginsburg entered the courtroom with her eight male colleagues as they prepared to hear oral arguments after the high court's monthlong recess. She walked in unassisted and was smiling broadly.
It was business as usual, with the justices making no statements or gestures, and the court offering no acknowledgment of her return. The session was gaveled to order at exactly 10 a.m.
Doctors have offered a somewhat optimistic prognosis for Ginsburg's recovery. Pancreatic cancer typically is one of the most lethal of cancers, primarily because it is usually not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. But hers was discovered extremely early, in the earliest stage of the disease, and doctors said it had not spread.