According to TMZ, Doctors are urging American Idol Final 2 contestant, Phillip Phillips to get surgery NOW to treat a chronic kidney stone ailment that has been plaguing him all season. Phil, according to sources, is determined to work through the pain and will probably go under the knife immediately after the finale.
The recovery time is 6 weeks, meaning he will likely miss the beginning of the American Idols Live tour. That matches up to what Phil’s dad told some fans over the weekend during the Idol star’s hometown visit. Read TMZ’s report below.
If Phil wins Idol, and has to miss the first couple of weeks of tour…that’s going to be very interesting. I imagine surgery will also push back his debut album.
Phillip Phillips — one of the finalists on “American Idol” — has been URGED by his personal doctor to get surgery immediately … but Phillip wants to work through the pain and the risk so he can win next week.
Multiple “Idol” sources tell us … when Phillip went back home to Georgia last Saturday … his family doctor spent almost the entire stay by his side and was alarmed by what he saw — Phillip wasn’t eating and looked horrible.
Phillip suffers from severe kidney problems and at the beginning of the competition it got so bad he had a stent put in as a temporary fix until he could have surgery. But the condition has worsened and Phillip’s doc told him he needed surgery now. Phillip said he was not going to drop out of the show so the doctor told him he ABSOLUTELY had to go under the knife immediately after the finale.
We’re told the recovery time for the surgery is at least 6 weeks.
Phillip’s condition is taking its toll — we’re told the medication causes dry mouth, and it’s had some impact on his singing.
Phillip has also missed some of the field productions that are shot for the show — including the Ford commercials. Our “Idol” sources tell us they felt that making him go on location for these shoots were just too taxing.