I have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis (L4 over L5, grade 1) AND lumbar spinal stenosis, with some nerve pinching somewhere back there that causes left hip problems. I do not think I am a good candidate for surgery at this point. I am a diabetic, and from the research I've done, that is one big strike against me, as diabetics do not always have great success from surgery, plus the healing time for a diabetic is much longer. I am not in the kind of "screaming pain" that I read about from others. I can still function fairly well. I just have to be careful with what I do. I have read about radiofrequency nerve ablation for pain relief (sometimes referred to as a "nerve burn") but I have not tried it. Has anyone had this procedure as an alternative to surgery? If so, did it work? I have had 3 injections in my lower back already, none of which did much good. But I have not had this nerve ablation procedure. I am considering it. Any input from the experience of others would be appreciated.