It marks the first time the couple, 96 and 93, will have missed the ceremonies since Carter was sworn in as the 39th president in 1977.
Former President Jimmy Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, the latest milestone for the longest-lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office.
Former President Jimmy Carter is now heading home to Plains, Georgia to celebrate Thanksgiving and recover.
There were no complications during the surgery, and Carter is expected to remain in the hospital for observation.
Former President Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson on life after death Sunday less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall.
Carter, who turned 95 this month, is the longest living president in U.S. history.