Ozzy Osbourne is expected to undergo grueling surgery on Monday to remove and realign the pins in his neck and back, Page Six reported.
The Black Sabbath star’s wife Sharon Osbourne flew in from London to be by his side.
There will be a “long recovery” after the operation, according to a family source, and the singer will need a home nurse.
The source added: “Ozzy is 73 and any kind of surgery as he gets older is tough. It’s pretty major. He’s had the pins realigned in his neck and back since his fall in 2019.
“He suffered a lot.”
Speaking on UK talk show ‘The Talk’ last week, Sharon said ‘major surgery’ could ‘determine the rest of her life’.
“He has a very important operation on Monday, and I have to be there,” the 69-year-old TV star said. “It will really determine the rest of his life.”
Ozzy suffered injuries in a quad biking accident in 2003, aggravated in 2019 by a fall at his Los Angeles home that required 15 screws to be inserted into his spine.
“I came down really, really hard,” he told Rolling Stone. “I went slam – on my face.” He got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stumbled in the dark.
The injury sustained and subsequent surgery – which included a two-month recovery – to ease the pain forced the rock star to reschedule all of his 2019 live dates on the ‘No More Tours 2 Tour’.
The singer said the surgery left him with nerve damage, and in 2020 he revealed a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “I’m not dying of Parkinson’s disease. I worked with her most of my life,” he said.
Last month, Ozzy told Classic Rock magazine that he was expecting neck surgery.
“I can’t walk properly these days,” he says. “I do physiotherapy every morning. I’m a little better, but far from as much as I would like to get back on the road.
While recovering in 2019, he released the album “Ordinary Man”, which became his highest charting solo album in the UK and US, reaching number three in both countries.