Ozzy Osbourne refused to get into his last surgery. He has had what he calls his final neck surgery. Osbourne talked about what happens to him with surgery and why he can’t take it anymore.
Over the years, Ozzy has had several health issues, including a 2019 fall that compounded a decade-old spine injury and a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 2020. The 74-year-old joked that having surgery now feels like “going over for a f***ing haircut,” adding that his health has “improved somewhat” after receiving treatment. However, he still suffers from mobility on occasion.
After seven months of touring with Black Sabbath, he retired due to structural damage to his spine. He normally shared he doesn’t want to retire from touring:
“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really f***s me up, more than you will ever know. Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.
So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘Can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now, I don’t think I could pull them off. If I get OK today. If the doctor said to me today, ‘Oh, you can tour.’ It would take another six months to get it together, you know? The only thing I’ve got that keeps me going is making records. But I can’t do that forever. I gotta get out there.”
Black Sabbath frontman opened up about his ongoing health fight, revealing that he refuses additional neck and back surgery after his planned fourth procedure.
Ozzy Osbourne shared an update on his health in the published second episode of the restored “The Osbournes” podcast program:
“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. 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.
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 Jack asked, “Are they fusing discs?”
Ozzy added: “I don’t know what the fuck they’re doing. All I know is right now, I’m in a lot of pain, I’m in a lot of discomfort. 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.
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.”
After the pandemic, Ozzy Osbourne has different health issues and now it’s serious and we wish good luck to the prince of darkness.
You can watch the entire episode below!