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Phillip Phillips

Under the Knife on Tuesday

5/26/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips will get badly-needed surgery for a bum kidney on Tuesday, and he'll be recuperating in style in a swanky Malibu mansion ... TMZ has learned.

As we first reported, Phillip endured immense pain during the entire competition ... the result of a congenital kidney stone problem that has already resulted in 8 surgeries.  He's been living with kidney stones that are so big they can't pass through his system.

Doctors inserted a stent into Phillip's kidney 7 weeks ago, as a temporary fix, but the pain borders on unbearable.  In fact, when Phillip went home to Georgia a week ago, his doctor urged him to throw in the towel and get the surgery immediately, but Phillip said no.

So we've learned the surgery will take place Tuesday afternoon.

Phillip's recovery is expected to take weeks -- as many as 6.  But here's the good news.  A honcho from the "A.I." production company has offered his home to Phillip and his parents for the entire recovery.


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You are in our thoughts and prayers of many people, Phillip. Hope your pain subsides, and your recovery is blessedly uneventful. We look forward to your great future.

877 days ago

Ernest De Brew    

It is good that he won. Therefore, he can use the money for his surgery and medication.

877 days ago


Phillip, I'm glad you won and I believe that God has a plan for you. Hope your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery. Please don't let all these comments from all these bad people bother you. They must not have much of a heart. The Bible says you reap what you sow. Their days coming. Just live your life to the fullest and be cool. Trust in God and have Faith!

876 days ago


it has been over a week now since Philip pkilips surgery was postponed is he better or is he really going to have surgery and when....this has been going on a long time....i would just like an answer thanks

868 days ago


If you hate PP so much why are you here? Go read news about your favorites; get a job; get a life. Jessica is a 3x loser. She got the LOWEST # of VOTES during the Top 7!! She also lost in another show. Then lost the finale after BEING SAVED. Millions of people do not like her style. Get on with your life. There was no rigging involved. But there was VOTING FRAUD from Asia! That I can assure you. I got tons of emails giving instructions on how to defraud AI voting system from Manila.

865 days ago
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