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Pens’ Maatta undergoes successful surgery to remove a tumor

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 23: Olli Maatta #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the St. Louis Blues during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Justin K. Aller

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove a tumor in his thyroid gland the club announced.

The surgery was performed by UPMC head and neck surgeon Dr. Robert Ferris.

Penguins’ doctors said it was possible that the tumor was a form of low-grade thyroid cancer. Results of a pathology test to determine whether the tumor was malignant will be available within 7-10 days.

“Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “The surgery went well and Olli is resting comfortably.”

Maatta, 20, is expected miss four weeks.