American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Has Kidney Surgery
A rep for the star has told our US Team that the procedure 'went well'...
Just days after a source said American Idolchamp Phillip Phillips was going to skip a much-needed kidney surgery, a spokesperson for the 21-year-old singer has now stated that he underwent a procedure on Wednesday (6th June) and is now resting comfortably.
"Surgery went well," a spokesperson told MTV News about the reportedly six-plus hour surgery in Los Angeles to remove kidney stones so large Entertainment Weekly reported that there was "no chance" he could have passed them on his own.
"He's resting and will be ready for the 'Idol' tour kickoff in July!" the rep added about the 45-day summer outing slated to launch on 6th July in Detroit.
The star has struggled with kidney stones during his entire run on Idol, and had a stent implanted in one of his kidneys in March to prevent blockage, and allow him to keep competing on the show.
Phillips reportedly went through eight surgeries from the time Idol began in January until the 23rd May finale, and was slated to have reconstructive kidney surgery right after his Idol win.
However, TMZ reported that the procedure was postponed because of a bad sinus infection that triggered a high fever.
The website also claimed that Phillips suffers from a serious congenital kidney condition that produces stones so large they cannot pass and which has seriously damaged his right kidney.
Phillips recently addressed his health woes, telling E! News that he almost quit the competition: "I had some bad days and I had some pretty good days.
"It was rough at times, and there were a couple of times I thought about going ahead and getting out and getting the surgery done."
"But I had a lot of great doctors and a lot of great people who helped me out through it. I'm blessed to have that. I came close to almost dropping out to get the surgery done, but my doctors helped me out a lot through it."