We learned on Monday the bad news that Bills legend Jim Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jawbone. It's excellent news then to find out that Kelly underwent surgery on Friday and doctors are expecting a "successful outcome."
Buffalo's Erie County Medical Center issued a news release saying they also "anticipate a speedy recovery."
"The surgery went very well," the release said. "We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome."
Per the hospital, Kelly "underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused by chronic irritation at the gum site." In short, he had part of his jawbone removed in order to eliminate the cancer. He then "underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator," according to the hospital.
"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's wife Jill also tweeted about the quarterback's recovery:
Surgery...done!In recovery still!Words fall short...THANK YOU SO MUCH!— Jill Kelly (@HJKforever) June 7, 2013
And then followed it up with an additional message indicating Kelly is in pretty good spirits:
And JK is recovering! He's cracking jokes but has no idea what he's saying. He's quoting movies now. Oh boy! #PrayersForJK— Jill Kelly (@HJKforever) June 7, 2013
The initial diagnosis for Kelly when he revealed the cancer was deemed good -- a successful surgery only makes a full recovery more likely and is fantastic news.