Newbie here. Just got diagnosed with a herniated cervical disk at C7-T1 with fusion & bone graft recommended. I've had 3 previous procedures, all laminectomy-diskectomy with no fusions. Two lumbar and one at C6-7. No problems with any. I'm a bit concerned now about the hip pain issue, hardware in my neck and recovery time. Anybody have any recommendations? Must-haves? I've gotten excellent care from the Scripps Clinic neurosurgery doctors in La Jolla, CA. Is this a rare location for this procedure? Special surgical skills needed? I'm a bit intimidated. Thanks.