So, after years of hauling around old SVT's, V4's and 8x10's, I gave myself a hernia (inguinal). I had the repair surgery last week (full not laproscopic), and now have been presented an opportunity to play with a seriously tight, up and coming band. The dilemma is that their next upcoming big gig where I really should be, is in 5 weeks. My doc says that I'll be ok to lift up to 20 lbs. by then, but recommends I go easy. I plan to.... but I'm wondering what I should expect and what I can get away with. I'm an active bassist and really groove physically (not crazy-like, but to feel the groove). I already will have help moving my gear. Are there any folks who've gone through this (there have to be, I just couldn't find a single one in a search)? Should I plan to sit the entire gig? If so, will a barstool work to lean/sit on? Should I bag the gig and wait? They currently have a keyboard player holding down the bass... but this is definitely not what they want . Should I look into any special kind of strap or harness? Is there some kind of clothing I should consider wearing? I 'm just curious to see what kind of feedback I get.