July 19, 2016 01:15 PM

It’s been a tough year for Matt Roloff medically, but he doesn’t want anyone to worry, especially his kids.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode of Little People, Big World, the 54-year-old reality star checks himself into a surgery center in Los Angeles in order to undergo a spinal procedure without letting his family know.

“I’m just down here, me, myself and I,” he says. “In the old days, you know, Amy would have come along for something like this. We are living in a different time and a different life.”

Matt and Amy‘s divorce was filed in 2015 and finalized in May 2016.

He goes on to tell the receptionist that a car service will be picking him up after the high-risk spinal procedure.

“I don’t want the kids to worry about my medical stuff,” he admits. “If something changes or something goes wrong, then yes, I would want to tell them. but until it gets that serious, I don’t see it as necessary.”

“I’m a big boy, I can handle this kind of stuff,” Matt adds.

Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.

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