BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Doctors anticipate Jim Kelly will have a "successful outcome" after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback had surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw on Friday.
"The surgery went very well," according to a news release issued by Buffalo's Erie County Medical Center. "We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome."
The release was issued just before noon, shortly after the operation was completed by Thom Loree, the hospital's director of head and neck surgery department, and two colleagues.
During the operation, doctors said they removed part of Kelly's jawbone where the squamous cell carcinoma was found and caused by "chronic irritation at the gum site." Doctors then reconstructed the affected area. "Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time," the hospital said. "He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."