updated 06/12/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/12/2012 AT 5:00 AM ET
Phillip Phillips is officially on the road to recovery.
“I’m out of the hospital and back to work!” the Georgia-bred heartthrob, 21, tells E! News. “Looking forward to the future.”
His father, also named Phillip Phillips, said his son underwent eight operations during the course of the season. This last one took six and a half hours.
Phillips was released from the hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, says E!
After some rest, the singer faces a heavy summer schedule that includes 45 shows. July 6, he’s due to open the American Idols Live concert in Detroit, along with the season’s top 10 contestants.