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Kelly has back surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2011 – 12:19 pm

Jim Kelly was hosting his 25th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament Monday, but for the first time he was not swinging the clubs.

That’s because three weeks ago Kelly had back surgery.

“It got to the point where I couldn’t even play basketball with my daughter anymore,” he said at Terry Hills golf course in Batavia strapped with a back brace. “When I got up in the morning it took me 15 to 20 minutes just to get loose. I couldn’t put socks on anymore. That’s not a way to live.”

Bills team physician Dr. Andrew Cappuccino performed the procedure and had a bit more work than he planned after he went in.

“It was an L-2, L-3 disc replacement and once he got in there he found a lot more damage than he thought there would be so he wound up having to put a metal plate in there also and he put that in through my side so I’ve got two nice scars now too,” Kelly said. “Just to add to the other scars I have on my body.”

Kelly attributes it to all the hits and twists and turns his body took over the years. With the additional work that needed to be done on his back, Kelly isn’t sure how long his rehabilitation will take.

“They don’t really know (how long the rehab is) because when he went in there was a lot more that he had to do and it’s affected other parts of my body,” he said. “We’ll just take it week by week and go from there.

The toughest part for me is I’m an outdoorsman. I had to cancel some hunting trips already. It’s turkey season, so for me to do that… but I looked at my schedule and decided I had to do this sooner rather than later because I couldn’t handle the pain anymore.”


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