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Jim Kelly update: Doctors impressed by his healing, plan another surgery

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will have a follow-up procedure next month after undergoing a grueling surgery in March to remove oral cancer from his upper jaw.

Kelly's wife, Jill, provided an update on her husband's recovery in an Instagram post Thursday.

"Went to NYC yesterday for a checkup and moving forward, strategy meeting," she wrote. The doctors "were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he’s been home."

On March 28, operating surgeon Dr. Mark Urken performed a nearly 12-hour surgery on Kelly at Mount Sinai West in New York City to treat the recurrence of oral cancer. Using a technique called microvascular reconstruction, Urken inserted a portion of Kelly’s fibula – along with attached soft tissue and blood vessels – into his upper jaw.

“We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck,” Urken said two days after the operation was complete.

Kelly, 58, was released from the hospital April 14.

"The speed of that process, considering the extensive nature of his surgery, was a function of his toughness, the firmness of his resolve, his faith and the support of his family," Urken said in a statement. "All of those factors will continue to serve him well as he moves on to the next phase of his rehabilitation.”

Kelly returned to Buffalo on April 24. He was in attendance at Bills rookie minicamp last week, and spent some time meeting with the team's new rookie quarterback, first-round draft pick Josh Allen.

"The plan at this point is that he will have surgery in mid-June to lesson the “skin flap” bulk in his mouth, as well as put implants into his upper jaw," Jill Kelly wrote Thursday. "And then there will be more healing and waiting and then another surgery and possibly upper teeth sometime in September."

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