Contact Us

Phillip Phillps Encountered Life-Threatening Complications During Surgery

Phillip Phillips
Mark Davis, Getty Images

Despite his positive prognosis, it turns out that ‘American Idol‘ winner Phillip Phillips underwent a much more complicated surgery than anyone had imagined.

Although he’s on the road to a full recovery now, TMZ reports that the Georgia native’s kidney condition was worse than doctors had anticipated. The singer actually underwent over six hours of major surgery to remove the kidney stones that had been ailing him.

During the procedure, a stent was placed in Phillips’ kidney, but it was there for so long that it had become embedded in his body. The ‘Idol’ star’s surgeons then had to cut the stent out with a laser. Yikes!

Phillips was recently released from the hospital and is recovering in a Malibu mansion, which belongs to an ‘Idol’ exec. The Season 11 winner will hopefully be back to 100 percent by July 6 when the 45-date ‘American Idol’ tour kicks off in Detroit.

“I’m out of the hospital and back to work!” the 21-year-old singer told E! News on Monday. “Looking forward to the future.”

He added to TMZ, “If I can sing with all those kidney stones in me, I can make the first date.” Get well soon, Phillip!

Watch Phillip Phillips Perform on the 'American Idol' Finale

Best of Q92

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Q VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Q VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.