After a complicated, 12-hour surgery Wednesday to fight a recurrence of oral cancer, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is doing well.
Kelly, 58, is expected to be hospitalized for about two weeks and then will be screened again for cancer in three months, according to an update provided by Dr. Mark Urken on Thursday.
Urken performed the surgery Wednesday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
"We successfully removed Mr. Kelly's cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck," the operating surgeon said Wednesday night in a statement issued by the hospital. "We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively."
Urken used a technique called microvascular reconstruction, which involves a portion of the fibula from one of Kelly's legs – along with attached soft tissue and blood vessels – being inserted into the upper jaw.
Kelly previously told The Buffalo News he expected to be attached to a feeding tube and trach tube for two weeks after the surgery.
"The Kelly family requests that you continue to pray for Jim's recovery as it will be extensive," Jill Kelly said in a statement through the hospital.