Eight days have passed and the surgeon just eleased me back to working full time, biking,swimming, pretty much whatever with a dose of common sense.
I did ask him if years of slugging away with monster packs up untold miles of vertical feet had caused the wear and tear on my hip. He told me by the time they see them it is hard to connect the dots, blah, blah, blah....
So then I asked if some new lightweight gear and possibly a new bike might help prolong this one; I got a much better answer.
I'm curious if I now have to claim this as weight carried.
I wish anyone else facing this as much luck as I have had.
Looking forward to working this out on the rocks in the desert this spring.