Although it will take some time until anyone knows how well Ozzy Osbourne is going to recover from his latest spinal surgery, the operation itself went smoothly, his family says.
Ozzy went under the knife on Monday and his wife Sharon Osbourne replied to the flood of hopeful messages on Tuesday afternoon with encouraging news.
"Our family would like to express much gratitude for the overwhelming amount of love and support leading up to Ozzy's surgery!" Sharon wrote. "Ozzy is doing well and on the road to recovery! Your love means the world to him."
The stakes for Ozzy with this latest procedure are extremely high, with Sharon saying last week that the operation would "determine the rest of his life."
The Black Sabbath co-founder hasn't performed live since injuring his neck in a trip-and-fall in early-2019. The fall aggravated a years old spinal injury and he's spent the last three years trying to get healthy again, undergoing at least three operations and daily rehab.
Ozzy disclosed in an interview this spring that he hasn't been able to "walk properly" since his fall.
The goal of Monday's surgery was to remove and/or realign pins in Ozzy's neck and back.
He's expected to need a significant amount of time to recovery, including around-the-clock care from a nurse.
As fans wished Ozzy well ahead of his latest hospital stay, his official Twitter account shared a captionless link to his 2010 ballad "I Love You All" Monday morning.