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Hall of Famer Jim Kelly undergoes surgery to remove oral cancer and reconstruct jaw

Per ESPN, the former Bills great will remain hospitalized for two weeks, with additional screening coming in three months.


Kahron Spearman


ESPN's Mike Rodak reports that former Buffalo Bills quarterback has undergone successful surgery to remove oral cancer and to reconstruct his jaw.

The intensive surgery involved using" part of Kelly's fibula and blood vessels from his leg to rebuild his upper jaw, including filling a gap left by a previous surgery," per Rodak.

Because of the various moving parts of the surgeries, Kelly's wife, Jill, says her husband's recovery will be "extensive."

We successfully removed Mr. Kelly's cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively.

Dr. Mark Urken
Head and neck surgeon, Mount Sinai West (NYC)

The Hall of Fame quarterback will remain at Mount Sinai West in New York for two more weeks, with another screening in three months.

Kelly revealed a recurrence of oral cancer on March 1st. Per the Buffalo News, a subsequent biopsy revealed the requirement of extensive surgery to alleviate significant issues that caused Kelly "severe pain" in his jaw. 

Cancer first appeared in 2013, and again in 2014 in his maxillary sinus. 

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