Ozzy Osbourne will undergo grueling surgery on Monday to remove and realign pins in his neck and back, Vidak For Congress is told.
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of the Black Sabbath star, has flown in from London to be by his side.
According to a family source, there will be a “prolonged recovery” after the surgery, and the singer will need a nurse at home.
The source added: “Ozzy is 73 and any kind of surgery as you get older is difficult. This is quite drastic. He has realigned the pins in his neck and back since he relapsed in 2019.
“He’s been in a lot of pain.”
Sharon said on British talk show “The Talk” last week that the “major operation” could “determine the rest of his life”.
“He has a very serious surgery on Monday and I have to be there,” said the 69-year-old TV star. “It’s really going to define the rest of his life.”
Ozzy was injured in a quad bike accident in 2003, aggravated in 2019 by a fall at his home in LA that required 15 screws to be inserted into his spine.
“I came down really, really hard,” he told Rolling Stone. “I went slamming – on my face.” He had gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet 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 he suffered nerve damage from the surgery, and in 2020 he revealed his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. “I will not die of Parkinson’s. I’ve worked with it for most of my life,” he said.
Last month, Ozzy told Classic Rock magazine that he was waiting for surgery on his neck.
“I can’t walk well these days,” he said: “I have physical therapy every morning. I’m a little better, but not nearly as eager as I’d like to get back on the road.”
While recovering in 2019, he recorded the album ‘Ordinary Man’ which became his top chart solo album in the UK and US, reaching number three in both countries.