Jim Kelly Successfully Undergoes Cancer Removal Surgery

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Jim Kelly Successfully Undergoes Cancer Removal Surgery

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly successfully underwent surgery Friday morning after announcing he was diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw.

Kelly announced Monday he was diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma: Cancer of the upper jaw bone.

ECMC says the surgery was successful, and released this statement Friday afternoon:

“At Mr. Kelly’s request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family. Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome. 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.”

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