Hi, my name is Ann and I am 53. I had 2 discectomies and a laminectomy about 13 years ago. I now have 2 more herniated discs and stenosis at the end of my spine and also a slipped vertebra. I am to have a posterior lumbar inter body fusion (plif) and decompression in around 12 weeks time and I am terrified! I have agonising pain in my lower back and sciatica in both buttocks and legs. My first question is will I be more or less pain free after recovery and typically how will I feel after surgery and what is the daily regime regarding physiotherapy. I am looking for some reassurance, please help.