Bo Bice Has Emergency Intestinal Surgery

The American Idol singer is recovering in a Nashville hospital

Former American Idol star Bo Bice underwent emergency intestinal surgery in Nashville last Thursday, the latest in a string of stomach troubles that have plagued the singer since last summer.

The procedure was described as neither easy nor routine, but Bice, 30, is expected to make a full recovery, his label said in a statement. He is currently recovering at the hospital in Nashville.

Doctors diagnosed his ailment as intussusception, an intestinal condition found mostly in young children and which Bice may have had since he was born. The doctors hope this latest surgery will resolve his intestinal problems for good, his reps said.

“Bo is still in the hospital, and he’s stable,” his publicist, Roger Widynowski, tells PEOPLE. “He had tests in the morning and after review of said tests it was determined that surgery should be performed immediately.

“Everyone is hopeful that this surgery will correct the condition, but there is no way to know for certain. He already has changed his diet (and) lifestyle over the last few months.”

The Alabama native, who finished second to Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol, underwent emergency surgery in August 2005 to remove an intestinal blockage. That hospitalization in Las Vegas came just hours before a scheduled performance on the “American Idols Live” tour, which Bice subsequently left.

He was hospitalized again in December 2005 after coughing up blood.

Several upcoming engagements on Bice’s current tour – Cumming, Ga., Panama City, Fla., and Anaheim, Calif. – have been cancelled. Prospects for the rest of the tour remain unclear.

Bice’s health problems haven’t been limited to stomach troubles. In July 2005 he suffered a broken foot during a performance in Manchester, N.H.

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