Ozzy Osbourne discusses preparing for his “final surgery” in the latest episode of “The Osbournes Podcast”
In the latest episode of the revived “The Osbournes” podcast, Ozzy Osbourne discussed his health after undergoing extensive spinal surgery and other treatment following a fall at home in 2019. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Tomorrow I have my final surgery on my neck. Which it is gonna be the final surgery, because I can’t do it anymore. Regardless of the way it ends up after tomorrow, I’m not doing it anymore. I can’t.”
When asked by his son Jack how he is feeling about the operation, Ozzy said: “It’s all right. It’s just like going over for a fucking haircut now… But I have improved somewhat, I think. My feet feel like I’ve got bricks tied to them when I’m walking. I walked upstairs today and downstairs for the first time in a while, and my feet feel like I’ve got diving boots on when I’m walking. I think it’s the nerves… Then I was thinking, maybe I just need to get up off my ass and walk around the block a few times.”
During the first episode of “The Osbournes” podcast, Ozzy revealed that he would need to undergo a fourth operation as well as get an epidural injection.
Ozzy said: “My lower back is, I’m going for an epidural soon because what’s happening, what they’ve discovered is the neck has been fixed, below the neck there’s two vertebrae where the bike hit me and disintegrated, there’s nothing left of ’em.”
When Jack asked, “Are they fusing discs?”, Ozzy replied, “I don’t know what the fuck they’re doing”. Ozzy‘s wife Sharon then said that she wasn’t sure about the technical term.
“All I know is right now, I’m in a lot of pain, I’m in a lot of discomfort,” Ozzy continued.
The couple confirmed that this will be “surgery number four” for Ozzy, who seemed in good spirits about the upcoming procedure.
“I said to the doctor yesterday, you know what I’ve heard, which I have, people have discs replaced that are worked on and they become the strongest things in the bone,” he said.
Ozzy added an explanation as to why he always walks in a way with his head leading his body, saying: “In my back, the two discs, and the muscles on my shoulders have separated from my skeleton, and that’s why I lean forward as it’s like gravity is bringing my head forward.”
In July of this year, Ozzy Osbourne regrettably had to withdraw from his slated appearance at the upcoming Power Trip festival, citing persistent health challenges as the cause.
Over the past year and a half, Osbourne has been grappling with a series of health setbacks, which compelled him to cancel several previously announced tour dates.
Despite these hurdles, the iconic frontman of BLACK SABBATH expressed his willingness to make a comeback should his health conditions show signs of improvement.
Back in April, there were snapshots of Ozzy Osbourne strolling through Los Angeles without his customary cane. However, reports from Page Six indicated that the 74-year-old singer appeared somewhat unsteady on his feet as he walked, accompanied by a caregiver. During their daytime stroll around the neighborhood, the caregiver even took a moment to gather some flowers and extended them towards Osbourne for a fragrant experience.
One of the major tour cancellations attributed to Osbourne‘s health concerns was his previously announced European tour alongside JUDAS PRIEST, originally slated for 2019 and rescheduled multiple times. Regrettably, this tour was officially called off in early February. The tour’s itinerary had encompassed various cities, commencing in Helsinki, Finland, on May 3, and encompassing stops in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, and London before concluding in his hometown of Birmingham on June 14.
Despite his ongoing health challenges, Osbourne has managed to grace the stage a few times in recent months. Notable performances include his appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August 2022 and his participation in the NFL halftime show during the season opener featuring the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills game in September 2022.