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'American Idol'

Phillip Phillips Needs

Surgery ... REAL BAD

5/18/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phillip Phillips
-- one of the finalists on "American Idol" -- has been URGED by his personal doctor to get surgery immediately ... but Phillip wants to work through the pain and the risk so he can win next week.

Multiple "Idol" sources tell us ... when Phillip went back home to Georgia last Saturday ... his family doctor spent almost the entire stay by his side and was alarmed by what he saw -- Phillip wasn't eating and looked horrible. 

Phillip suffers from severe kidney problems and at the beginning of the competition it got so bad he had a stent put in as a temporary fix until he could have surgery. But the condition has worsened and Phillip's doc told him he needed surgery now. Phillip said he was not going to drop out of the show so the doctor told him he ABSOLUTELY had to go under the knife immediately after the finale.

We're told the recovery time for the surgery is at least 6 weeks.

Phillip's condition is taking its toll -- we're told the medication causes dry mouth, and it's had some impact on his singing.

Phillip has also missed some of the field productions that are shot for the show -- including the Ford commercials. Our "Idol" sources tell us they felt that making him go on location for these shoots were just too taxing.

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61.

Jay    

The guys chasing a dream and passion and nothing is going to stop him.... He's been battling this all through the competition RESPECT THAT!

857 days ago
62.

Carlo    

Awwwwsss........ Looking for sympathy votes!!!! common, if he desperately need the surgery, the doctors won't allow him to postpone it, I am in a medical profession myself!!! If we talk about talent, it should be Joshua and Jessica to be in the finals! WGWG huh???

857 days ago
63.

harv    

He needs to take care of his health issues first! No one remembers who wins American Idol anyway.

857 days ago
64.

Hadrada    

Yeah. Hemorrhoid flare ups suck. Just look at the pain in the poor guy's face

857 days ago
65.

frankgds    

ALL THESE IDOL CONTESTANTS DESERVE PRAISE AS THEY WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS. THE MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES THEY HAVE TO FACE FOR THEIR FANS IS A GREAT SACRIFICE. FOR ME THEY ARE MODELS PEOPLE SHOULD EMULATE. THEY ARE ALL IDOLS!!!!!

857 days ago
66.

chinadrama    

It is so unfortunate to have this kind of situation in this part of the contest. Why now?Either way it's not good news to the program or to the competition. Whether this will bring him to the top or not, it would not still look bad.Poor Jessica. She has to put up to this situation. Not that it's Phillip's fault, it's just annoying.

857 days ago
67.

Lui    

First he sings Disease and then he finally takes the producer advice and sell himself to an Orchestra, and now the surgery. How can he erases himself and how low he can go to get votes?.

857 days ago
68.

Ally    

I had kidney stone blockage twice, I had it removed asap due to intolerable pain, now why is this guy still walking around with that stent??? I think he wants sympathy votes. Choosing fame over health? Epic fail! If he knows he is talented he won't need AI and go under the knife. Unless he's staying to make sure someone will donate a kidney soon. Kidney failure isn't a joke!

857 days ago
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Gil    

Do not believe this. I know phillip has kidney problems but the press is circulating this now to gain sympathy votes on his favor. Watch out people. Keep on voting for jessica on tuesday at 10 pm. Be prepared. Don't believe all this press drama for phillip. If that's the case, let joshua take over his place, then that will be an exciting finale. Peace to all phillip fans! :))

857 days ago
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GIL    

Do not believe this. I know phillip has kidney problems but the press is circulating this now to gain sympathy votes on his favor. Watch out people. Keep on voting for jessica on tuesday at 10 pm. Be prepared. Don't believe all this press drama for phillip. If that's the case, let joshua take over his place, then that will be an exciting finale. Peace to all phillip fans! :))

857 days ago
71.

GIL    

Do not believe this. I know phillip has kidney problems but the press is circulating this now to gain sympathy votes on his favor. Watch out people. Keep on voting for jessica on tuesday at 10 pm. Be prepared. Don't believe all this press drama for phillip. If that's the case, let joshua take over his place, then that will be an exciting finale. Peace to all phillip fans! :))

857 days ago
72.

GIL    

Do not believe this. I know phillip has kidney problems but the press is circulating this now to gain sympathy votes on his favor. Watch out people. Keep on voting for jessica on tuesday at 10 pm. Be prepared. Don't believe all this press drama for phillip. If that's the case, let joshua take over his place, then that will be an exciting finale. Peace to all phillip fans! :))

857 days ago
73.

J Roberts    

really yall need to get the news right if you are gonna post it. Yes he needs surgery BUT its not that bad. He has not complained not one time on the show. He is in this to win it.

857 days ago
74.

agalegre    

Jessica will stun the whole world on Tuesday with her rendition of Celine Dion's "It's all coming back to me now" and Donna Summer's "Mc Arthurs Park."

857 days ago
75.

pb0071    

Although Kidney stone is very painful stent is temporary fix to ease the pain so you can function normally until they take the offending stone out by surgery and it was outpatient for me and did not take me 6 weeks to recover like this article said.I had my stent in me for 2 months before I have the stone removed. Doctors recommended that the stent and the stone should be removed within couple of months because if the stent stays in your kidney more than 2 months it may embedded itself inside you and its more difficult to remove it. But the recovery is the same day not 6 weeks!

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