Former Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly had surgery today to remove cancer in his upper jawbone, and doctors termed it a successful one.
According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, citing a statement from the Erie County Medical Center, doctors removed part of his upper jaw, and reconstructed it with a prosthetic device.
“The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome,” the statement said. “Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home.”
Kelly announced earlier this week he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. He admitted the diagnosis “scares the crap out of you,” but said doctors told him they found the cancer in time to give him a good chance for a complete recovery.