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Phillip Phillips

FINALLY Has Surgery

For Massive Kidney Stones

6/7/2012 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0607_phillip_phillips_gettyPhillip Phillips finally went under the knife to remove the enormous kidney stones that almost derailed his run to the "American Idol" title ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Phillip had the 6 and a half hour long surgery in L.A. yesterday -- and he is recovering well today. The stones that were removed were so huge there was no chance he could've passed them on his own.

As TMZ first reported, Phil was scheduled to have the surgery last week ... but it was delayed because he had a fever and sinus infection.

Phillip suffered through excruciating pain during the entire season of 'Idol.' It obviously paid off.

Oh what a relief.

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9:05 AM PT -- Phillip's rep says the surgery went well, adding, "He's resting and will be ready for the Idol tour kickoff in July!"

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IceGypsy    

I have so much respect for this man's work ethic. It's so common to see a lot of artists cancel shows because they are "Exhausted". They could learn a thing or two from him. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

833 days ago
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Rich    

And Kidney stones are so painful too. Not sure how he got thru the season with the pain. I wish him a speedy recovery and a great career in the future years

833 days ago
18.

Garry    

I've had Kidney Stones & passed about 6 of them,..bottom-line their no picnic & another thing ,..I never knew he was suffering until it was on the news a week after the finale,..Hope you get well Phillip & can't wait to buy my first Phil Phillips album!

833 days ago
19.

Ivanho    

How can anybody watch this guy sing??? What with the spit flying out of his mouth and a facial expression that looks like he's trying to hold in a 10 pound dump it's a horror show. I have to look away.

Besides, we already have Dave Matthews who's better.

833 days ago
20.

DaveT    

Ouch.

833 days ago
21.

Sally    

Best wishes to Phillip

833 days ago
22.

Jay    

That's a good news.
The bad news however is how his winning song dropped from top 10 in Billboard 100 to top 41 in less than a week....

833 days ago
23.

Kelli    

He is the greatest.

832 days ago
24.

LCS27    

U know TMZ is breaking down when they spend half of their time talking about the kidneys of the winner of a failed show.

832 days ago
25.

LadyN    

I'm glad the operation is over with and he can now heal and get back to doing what he does. My son had a kidney stone that he passed a while back and he was screaming like a baby. Phillip must have been in such pain. Haters will hate but he pushed through and achieved something only 11 others have. I wish him all the luck in the world.

832 days ago
26.

Lucky     

Its all that screaming Phillip did on American Idol that caused his kidney stones, a true talent is Jessica Sanchez all the way.

832 days ago
27.

Jay    

That's a good news. The bad news however is how his winning song dropped from top 10 in billboard chart to top 41 in less than a week.....

832 days ago
28.

itssoeasy    

All the best to Phillip for a speedy recovery. Now he can have fun on the tour and work on recording his album. Congrats on HOME being a huge hit. BTW, TMZ was right all along reporting this story.

832 days ago
29.

xoLovelyyxo    

who freakin cares? he's not even a celeb. lmfao. i feel bad for his crappy career.

832 days ago
30.

cheryl owen    

wishing you a speedy recovery.cannt wait til your music hits the stores.

831 days ago
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