Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly had a cancerous bone removed from his jaw on Friday.
In a statement, Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center said that Kelly is expected to fully recover following the surgery.
“The surgery went very well,” the hospital said. “We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome.”
The operation was performed by Dr. Thom Loree, the hospital’s director of head and neck surgery department.
Part of Kelly’s jawbone where the squamous cell carcinoma was found and caused by “chronic irritation at the gum site” was removed. 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.”
Kelly, 53, announced his diagnosis on Monday. He said that the cancer was found two weeks earlier.
It is not clear if he will need chemotherapy.
Kelly was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 after a career that included four straight Super Bowl appearances with the Bills in the early 1990s.
He holds franchise records including 35,467 passing yards, 237 touchdown passes and 26 300-yard games.