American Idol's Phillip Phillips Doing "Well" After Kidney Surgery

Celebrity News Jun. 7, 2012 AT 6:40PM
Phillip Phillips on May 24, 2012. Phillip Phillips on May 24, 2012. Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Now that American Idol has finished, Phillip Phillips can finally let the healing begin.

The show's Season 11 winner -- who beat Jessica Sanchez during the dramatic May 23 finale -- headed into surgery Thursday morning to address serious kidney issues he had chosen to ignore until the program's conclusion.

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"Surgery went well," an American Idol rep tells Us Weekly of Phillips' procedure, adding that he is now focused on "resting."

In March, TMZ reported that the Georgia-born crooner, 21, was rushed to the hospital for severe abdominal pain -- after having already gone through five kidney stone removal procedures since October 2011.

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After finally getting the care he needs, the reality show's rep is confident Phillips will be back in fighting shape for his next big project: the American Idol tour.

Confirms the rep, "He'll be ready for the . . . kick-off on July 6!"

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