UNC's Williams released from hospital
Posted September 20, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams was released from the hospital Thursday, just one day after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney.
Williams underwent a three and a half hour robotic partial nephrectomy Wednesday morning to remove the tumor that was revealed during a routine checkup earlier this month. A person close to the situation said that Williams will continue his recovery at his home.
There is a possibility that Williams, 62, may have to have a second procedure on his left kidney in October.
It is still unknown if the tumor removed Wednesday is cancerous.
“The surgery went well and according to plan,” said Dr. Eric Wallen, Director of Laparoscopic Surgery, professor of urology and robotic surgery specialist at UNC who oversaw the procedure. “I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come.”
Williams is expected to be with the team for their first practice on Oct. 13. UNC is scheduled to begin its season with "Late Night with Roy" on Oct. 12. The Tar Heels are slated to play an exhibition against Shaw on Oct. 26 before opening up the regular season on Nov. 9 against Gardner-Webb.