Newly Crowned ‘American Idol’ Winner Phillip Phillips To Undergo Kidney Surgery


Just yesterday we heard that the winner of this year’s American Idol is 21 year old Phillip Phillips, and today news has broken that the young man who is on top of the world has to undergo serious surgery for kidney problems. TMZ reported that Phillip needs to undergo urgent surgery, which will take place in the next 7-10 days. Apparently, he has needed to have this surgery for some time but has been putting it off until after the show because it requires considerable recovery time. Now that he has won the whole competition, and walked away with the top title of season 11’s American Idol, he can focus on his health before commencing the Idol Live Tour over summer.

TMZ broke the story … Phillips doctors ordered him to undergo a procedure to fix his severe kidney stone problems — which have worsened since the singer went on “Idol” — but Phillip refused, insisting on finishing the show first.But now that it’s all over … and Phillip won … we’re told he’s finally planning on getting the operation in L.A. in the next 7-10 days. We’re told Phillip’s parents will be flying in for support. Kidney operations are no joke — Phillip can expect to spend several days in the hospital, followed by a 6-week recovery period.

According to People magazine, Phillip has chronic kidney problems, and he underwent 8 small operations to remove kidney stones during the Idol season to keep himself well enough to get through it, and now he is facing surgery to reconstruct his kidneys. Phillip’s father, also named Phillip Phillips (it’s confusing!), revealed after Wednesday night’s finale that, “He’s been doing [well], but it’s just grueling hours and it’s just amazing what he’s done through the journey… Eight operations since we started American Idol … He’s hitting 50 percent, but he’s still up there swinging away.”

This is what Phillip has said…

“I’m going to get some surgery done, so I’m going to get all better for the tour,” he said. “It was very tough [getting through the season]. I had great doctors and great people surrounding me [who] really helped out, so it’s just a blessing to be here.”

Wow, he is so mature and positive for such a young person, especially someone who is going through so much in his life, both positive and negative. A kidney reconstruction sounds serious and painful. All the reports are saying that he is expected to make a complete recuperation in time for the Idols Live tour, but lets all send our best wishes to the newly crowned musician for a speedy and full recovery. If he was only performing at 50% during the competition because of health issues, imagine how good he will be at 100%?

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  • I knew he was sick but 8 surgeries??? Wow!

  • HeatherLea1340

    No wonder he wasn’t included in most of the “Ford Music Videos” or other extras.

  • Janaegal

    Wow. I don’t watch the show, but that’s pretty incredible commitment to your career! Hoping for a healthy recovery!

  • Ebb Thomas

    Know that you are in our prayers for a successful surgery and recovery!
    You are an awesome singer, and you join the ranks of all time greats such as Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, to name a few.

  • Rabbit

    Well I hope all goes great for Phillip Phillips, and he has a speedy recovery. He had some dedication to do American Idol in that condition and I’m sure it was easier for him to bare the pain to achieve his dream than do the surgery sooner. I would’ve done the same to follow a dream like that and I wish him the best. I’m happy being able to watch American Idol commercial free using my new Auto Hop feature. I’m glad my coworker at Dish told me about this great new feature, now my family and I can save a ton of time not watching commercials. This show has my attention during performances, and now I won’t be yanked to commercials every ten minutes. I hate the commercials that I have to deal with and always manually fast forward. I will no longer have to repeatedly replace the batteries in my remote.