Mob Wives star Big Ang recovering after successful surgery to remove 'cancerous lemon-sized tumour' Mob Wives star Big Ang had a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. According to TMZ, the 54-year-old reality star - real name Angela Raiola - had throat surgery to have a cancerous lemon-sized tumour from her neck. Her younger sister Janine Detore told the gossip site that Ang underwent a grueling eight hour procedure. As an added precaution, the doctors also removed the Big Ang star's lymph nodes. Scroll down for video +4 Road to recovery: Mob Wives star Big Ang - real name Angela Raiola has reportedly undergone successful surgery on her throat to remove a tumour She was instructed not to speak for three days, but the good news is that the reality star won't be losing her signature raspy voice as it should return back to normal. Janine has been a source of support for her older sister as she took to Instagram on Wednesday evening to share a throwback photo of the two of them with a sweet caption. She wrote: 'To all my sisters family friends fans & well wishers my sister @biggangvh1 had a extremely long nerve racking surgery today. '@biggangvh1 had a extremely long nerve racking surgery today': The 54-year-old reality star's sister posted this image along with a heartfelt message on Wednesday 'She's now in recovery resting I wanna thank each & everyone of you for reaching out to us and praying for her & my family today.' Just three days before going under the knife, Ang took to the picture-sharing social network to post a collage of herself spending time with friends and family. She captioned it: 'I had a very nice day today with family, friends and loved ones. 'Thank you for putting in the effort to help me clear my mind for a few hours. I'm extremely blessed to be surrounded by nothing but love.' Big Ang has been a smoker for 42 years and her sister also recently revealed that doctors have told her to quit the habit immediately. +4 Special day: On Saturday Big Ang posted this collage onto her Instagram of her spending time with her loved ones just days ahead of her big surgery Although she has appeared in two short-lived spinoffs - Big Ang and Miami Monkey - Ang is best known for her starring turn on VH1's Mob Wives since 2012. The niece of mobster Salvatore 'Sally Dogs' Lombardi, a captain for the Genovese crime family, Big Ang co-owns a Staten Island bar, Drunken Monkey. Several of Big Ang's Mob Wives plots have revolved around her life at the bar and her often-troubled marriage to Neil Murphy, a sanitation worker. In addition to her reality show commitments, Big Ang has a themed cruise planned (called Cruising With Big Ang) at the end of July.