Not the same, but 2.5 wks post-op, my main injuries other than the obvious two (sternum and heart) are bruised forearms and neck, all from needles during the surgery. Shortly before I went into the OR, I had to to be "stuck" maybe 5 times in both forearms before the nice young folks found an artery that would stay open with the "art line" in it -- NIGHTMARE! And soon after I was knocked out (I think), they stuck a big metal line ("trip-alum"?) into my jugular, which stayed for a day or so post-op.
I don't think most of us think of these numerous "piercings" as a source of pain or complication risk, but maybe we should re-think. Good luck, Duff.
BAV, extended ARoot, some MV damage.
68 y.o. (65 @OHS), keen active athlete until shortly pre-op, only symptomatic 1-2 months pre-op.
AVR (Medtronics Hancock II) Dec. 1 2010 w/ Dr. C.M. Feindel at UHN aka Toronto General. Also a "tuck" on the Aortic root, and a (Dacron) Medtronics Simplici-T ring on my MV. I did ACT for 3 months for the ring, and Metoprolol (BB) for 3 months for A-fib.