Roy Williams Has Kidney Surgery


Share This Story

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney.

The surgery lasted over three hours at UNC Hospital.  He is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.

The 62-year-old Williams plans to be on the court when the Tar Heels begin practice next month, although he may need a second surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney.  If he undergoes the operation next month, he could miss a few practices leading up to the start of the regular season.

Doctors are not sure if the tumor removed was cancerous.  Once they find out, it could determine whether Williams has to have a second surgery.

Coach Williams is entering his 10th season with the Tar Heels basketball program, leading them to NCAA championships in 2005 and 2009. He has experienced only a few medical issues — vertigo and shoulder surgery — during his tenure in Chapel Hill.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Respond to this story