Ozzy Osbourne has provided an update on his well-being following a series of medical interventions, including extensive spinal surgery, necessitated by a fall at his home in 2019
This incident exacerbated injuries he had previously sustained in a life-threatening quad bike accident back in 2003.
In the inaugural episode of the recently relaunched “The Osbournes” podcast, the 74-year-old iconic BLACK SABBATH vocalist shared that he is scheduled for a fourth surgical procedure, in addition to receiving an epidural injection.
Ozzy Osbourne 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.”
After Ozzy‘s son Jack asked, “Are they fusing discs?”, Ozzy replied, “I don’t know what the fuck they’re doing”. Ozzy‘s wife and manager 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.
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne confirmed that this will be “surgery number four” for the 74-year-old musician, who expressed optimism 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. But Sharon clarified that the doctor said they don’t know if the surgery will work or not.
Ozzy Osbourne also explained why he has always walked in a way that sees his head lead 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 had to withdraw from his planned appearance at the upcoming Power Trip festival due to his ongoing health challenges.
These health challenges, which also included him contracting COVID-19 about a year and a half ago, led to the cancellation of several of his previously scheduled tours.
Although his health woes have compelled him to cancel most of his live performances, the iconic BLACK SABBATH frontman expressed his intention to return to the stage should his condition improve.
In April, there were photographs of Ozzy walking without his cane in Los Angeles. According to Page Six, during a daytime stroll in the neighborhood, the 74-year-old singer appeared somewhat unsteady as he walked alongside his caregiver, who even picked up flowers and offered them to Ozzy to smell.
Furthermore, Osbourne‘s previously announced European tour with special guests JUDAS PRIEST, originally slated for 2019 and subsequently rescheduled multiple times, was officially canceled in early February. This tour was initially set to kick off in Helsinki, Finland, on May 3, with dates planned in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, and London, before concluding in his hometown of Birmingham on June 14.
Despite his health setbacks, Ozzy managed to perform on a few occasions in recent months. These performances included an appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August 2022 and a halftime show at an NFL season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills in September 2022.