Kelly cancer surgery called successful

Bills Hall of Fame QB had carcinoma cell removed from upper jawbone. Terry McCormick

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent what was termed successful cancer surgery on his upper jawbone.

The following statement was released on the Bills' website from the Eric County Medical Center regarding Kelly's surgery on Friday.

“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," the statement read.

Kelly revealed earlier this week that he had cancer.

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