Phillips was reportedly in far worse shape going into his operation that previously known, as his surgery took almost seven hours to complete.
In addition to removing large kidney stones that couldn't be passed naturally, a congenital condition which caused his right kidney to basically stop functioning, Phillips had to have a stent cut out with a laser because since it was in place for so long it was embedded in his body, TMZ reported. Phillips had the stent put in at the beginning of the Idol season as a temporary solution until he could go under the knife.
Phillips is hoping to be fully recovered by July 6, which marks the beginning of the American Idol tour. The tour kicks off in Detroit, and the 21-year-old from Leesburg, GA is reportedly expected to perform in all 45 shows alongside his fellow former Top 10 contestants.
"If I can sing with all those kidney stones in me, I can make the first date," Phillips said, according to TMZ.
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