University North Carolina, UNC’s basketball coach Roy Williams underwent a surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney on Wednesday.
At UNC Hospital, Dr. Eric Wallen head doctor of surgery team conducted a robotic partial nephrectomy.
According to his doctor, he is recovering and it is expected that he will not be available in the start of regular season. He will coach the team this season and for years to come, but he could miss some training time. It is expected that he will have one more procedure in October because he has also a tumor in his left kidney. He would be able to begin his coaching responsibilities in this regular season again.
The news release from the school suggests that, the tumor was discovered by doctors in a physical check-up in the start of September, because he usually does this kind of check-up before the start of season which led to the discovery of the tumor. His surgery was completed in 3.5 hours on Wednesday morning. Team spokesman Matt Bower said that the result about severity of the tumor will be disclosed in a week.
Steve Robinson assistant coach of team said that he can’t sit still for long time, and he will be anxious to play. But the team wants him to make sure he has fully recovered before playing.
In recent years Williams had some minor health problems, including occasional attack with vertigo and back problems. Three years ago he had shoulder surgery, due to which he had to leave several weeks of coaching.
Williams had won 675 matches in his career 24 seasons, and got NCAA championships title in 2005 and 2009.
The Tar Heels under Williams’s leadership have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title and reached an NCAA regional final in the previous two seasons. Tar Heels must replace four NBA first-round draft picks from last year’s preseason No. 1 ranked team.
Steve Robinson had worked under William headship for 20 seasons said, he had been fiery and jolly in recent weeks. Still, there were symptoms he was in poor health, too. Because he was feeling uncomfortable over the last couple of weeks, which felt he wasn’t right.