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'Idol' Champ Phillip Phillips

Will Leave Hospital

After Brutal Surgery

6/12/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0611_philip_phillips_getty"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips was in far worse condition than anyone thought before he went under the knife ... TMZ has learned.

The good news ... we're told Phillip will be released from the hospital today after undergoing more than 6 hours of major surgery for massive kidney stones.

It turns out ... the stent that was placed in Phillip's kidney was there way too long  -- so long, it became embedded in his body.  It became so bad, surgeons had to cut the stent out with a laser.

Doctors say the surgery was successful, so Phillip will be recovering in a Malibu mansion thanks to one of the "American Idol" honchos who is letting the "A.I." winner use his pad.

Phillip is hoping to be fully recovered by July 6th ... which is when the Idol tour officially kicks off in Detroit.   

Phillip says, "If I can sing with all those kidney stones in me, I can make the first date."



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Hopefully he makes the tour. That will be his only opportunity to relish his AI victory before falling into obscurity like most winners.

871 days ago


Did the Doc's do anything about the faces he makes? I hope so..

871 days ago


Get well quickly Phillip Phillips!!

871 days ago


Oh Phil, I'm so sorry you had to go through such agony. I'm living a variation right now, but not as bad as yours by far. Heal quickly, be healthy and forge ahead on that fantastic career. We'll be waiting for you!

871 days ago

K. Gleason

871 days ago


I hope he got a vocal transplant in the process! HE CANNOT SING, PERIOD!

871 days ago


Get well soon, Champ!

871 days ago


You know, people joke about the faces he makes all the time, but frankly, they're just another part of what makes this guy so endearing to his fans. He's not hung up on the whole Hollywood BS and looking "just so", and he is completely, authentically himself. (Which I find absolutely adorable!)


871 days ago

Don Martin    

The docs did a little extra work and he will now be singing soprano...

870 days ago

sue d.    

Happy to hear Phillip is doing good. He is such a down to earth person. Phillip I wanted you to win. You did. You have a voice that no one can mimic. Just like Steven Tyler one of the judges. There can only be one of both of your voices.Good luck with your future. Praying that you never have the pain you just went through.

870 days ago


Of course he will "leave the hospital after brutal surgery"

870 days ago


Oh, hey. it's the Idol Loser. he didn't die?? bummer.

870 days ago

Denelle Andrea    

Oh shut the front door. As if you've never made a typo before. Get over it.

868 days ago

Robin Cassell    

A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus
therapy also cured her kidney disease, which
had started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.

858 days ago

paul penual    

This guy Phillips is a putz

726 days ago
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