Phillip Phillips has gone under the knife -- and he's ready to hit the road.
"American Idol" winner Phillips is recovering from surgery to remove a kidney stone and will be ready to join his cohorts next month when the American Idol LIVE! tour kicks off.
"Surgery went well, he's resting and will be ready for the Idol tour kick off on July 6!," Leslie Fradkin from 19 Entertainment, which produces "American Idol," told TheWrap.
According to TMZ, Phillips underwent the surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday, enduring a 6 1/2-hour procedure to remove massive kidney stones that were too big to pass naturally.
The surgery is a long time coming; Phillips' condition plagued him during his run on "Idol." He received emergency medical treatment in early March after complaining of severe abdominal pain, and after the "American Idol" finale in late May, his father revealed that he had undergone eight surgeries during his run on "Idol."
"I've been sick this whole show," the singer himself revealed via a call-in to "Live With Kelly."
TMZ reports that Phillips was scheduled to undergo the surgery last week but was forced to postpone due to a fever and sinus infection.
The American Idol LIVE! tour kicks off July 6 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and wraps up on Sept. 11 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, Phillips' predecessor, 2011 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, had his own big day on Wednesday -- not only did he win Breakthrough Video of the Year award at the CMT Awards, but he graduated from Garner High School in North Carolina, USA Today reports.
I've enjoyed this last 4 years," the 18-year-old tweeted, "wouldn't trade any of them for the world."
Sure beats going in for a 6 1/2 hour surgery.
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