12-hour cancer surgery for Jim Kelly deemed a success

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s cancer battle reached a critical stage on Wednesday, with a 12-hour surgery intended to remove recurring cancer cells from his head and neck and to reconstruct his jaw. Doctors deemed the procedure to be a success.

“We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck,” Dr. Mark Urken said in a statement, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively.”

The surgery entailed removing a portion of Kelly’s fibula in an effort to rebuild his upper jaw, along with the removal of cancer cells and lymph nodes.

Jill Kelly said in a statement that the recovery process for her husband will be “extensive.” He’ll be hospitalized for at least a few weeks.

We extend our best wishes to Kelly, a Bills legend who led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances, and who entered the Hall of Fame in 2002.

33 responses to “12-hour cancer surgery for Jim Kelly deemed a success

  1. Even though he lost those games, we have greater confidence that Jim Kelly competed LEGALLY in more Super Bowls than a certain other Northeast dynasty with a very checked competitive past. Yet we don’t give him enough credit. He didn’t need an evil mastermind or deflated balls or some kooky guru touting quack remedies, he just K-gunned his way down the field like a boss.

  2. People love to poke fun at the Bills four SuperBowl loses but I will be surprised if we see another NFL team ever win 4 straight conference championships and appear in 4 straight SuperBowls.

    For those that do not know, Jim Kelly is the most beloved sports hero in Buffalo and WNY. Prayers to Jim and the Kelly family.

  3. This man has seen enough tragedy and heartbreak. We hope he is 100% cancer free.
    The NFL’s true Ironman.

  4. Jim Kelly is a fighter and an inspiration. Hopefully, he will make a full recovery and continue to be the great family man he is.

  5. Wish our benevolent overlord of the sky would stop giving good people cancer. Dick move overlord. Best wishes to Mr. Kelly…hoping for a speedy recovery.

  6. So devastating to read. On the plus side, it shows his immense character and fight. It can also give hope to others who must battle such scary episodes of cancer.

    I feel really guilty having hated him as an opponent as much as I did, because I couldn’t be a bigger fan of someone than I am of Jim Kelly.

  7. stevejjones says:
    March 29, 2018 at 9:54 am
    Even though he lost those games, we have greater confidence that Jim Kelly competed LEGALLY in more Super Bowls than a certain other Northeast dynasty with a very checked competitive past. Yet we don’t give him enough credit. He didn’t need an evil mastermind or deflated balls or some kooky guru touting quack remedies, he just K-gunned his way down the field like a boss.
    ————
    This is neither the time nor the place for trolling. As a fan of what you call the “other Northeast dynasty,” I’m simply glad Jim Kelly’s operation seems successful. Any other comments are unneeded and unwanted.

  8. Please let this be the last surgery he will need to kick cancer’s butt once and for all. The poor guy and his family have been through so much. Enough already! Sending all my best wishes to Jim Kelly for a full recovery…

  9. good luck to you Jimbo, you are a tough son of a gun & you will pull through. To all the people who have put thumbs down on the other well wishes you are all TURDS!

  10. All you people that are thumbs downing all these well wishes and prayers for Jimbo. Remember, we all have our time of need. When your time comes, I hope you’re not alone.

  11. My best to Jim and the Kelly family.

    Courage and toughness on the field and a good man off field as well.

  12. This man has been through so much, it’s heartbreaking. My prayers go out to him and may God watch over him always.

    -Pat’s fan.

  13. I am sure football fans of all teams are wishing nothing but a speedy and full recovery Jim

  14. Breaks my heart to see this contiue. It would be so awesome one day to learn that Jim Kelly won this long fought battle. My prayers for the entire Kelly family.

  15. Godspeed and best wishes to Jim Kelly – one of the game’s greats and always a wonderful ambassador to the sport. Get well soon!

  16. All of these players that are whining about money should think long and hard about what Jim Kelly is going through. They have no idea what “tough” really means. He’s fighting for his life and has never once asked “why me?” Bell, Beckham, and company are a bunch of babies who should take a page out of Kelly’s book and grow up.

  17. This is a grim reminder of what tobacco products can do to the human body, there’s absolutely no health benefits to this product except to destroy the human body. I keep reminding friends not to do this stuff because you could end up as a statistics getting cancer and having doctors carving up your face or body to TRY and take out the cancer. And the response I get is “it won’t happen to me” or you gotta die of something”. But when they do get cancer they wish they had never done it. Wise up people stop buying this stuff and quit making these tobacco companies give you cancer, cause these BILLION dollar companies could care less about you but they do want your money. GET WELL JIMMY.

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