Had My Procedure/Minor Surgey For A Heart Loop Recorder 

15 Jun

Heart Loop Recorder 

Yesterday I had my procedure/minor surgery to insert my new loop recorder (ECG). There were a few things that nearly went wrong but it was a very easy procedure. If anyone is getting one maybe this will help. 

I had the old school heart monitors before like the hotter top and ones with wores everywhere and months ago I got the Zio patch for a few weeks. The issue was with the Zio is that I had the bad episode right after it was removed so it didn’t catch anything. So my cardiologist wanted a longer term heart monitor which this Reveal Linq loop recorder is an ECG that constantly records your heart and send the data to my cardiologist via wifi. So she will know the moment I have arythmia or pass out ….etc. Agaim this isn’t the POTS fainting episodes where I stand up, pass out and wake back up. These are 45 minute long episodes where I become incoherent, hear words backwards, can’t talk, have to lay down and still doesn’t fix the issue and I usually end up passed out and it takes 15 minutes to come back to “normal”. I turn gray and was told I looked like I was “dead” from witnesses. So it’s scary. 

This loop recorder will be in for 3 years and I hope it doesn’t catch anything bad but it would also be nice to know what’s going on. As far as the surgery part I will list detail below. 

The actual procedure/surgery takes about 3 hours due to all the prep time and paper work as it is treated like a major surgery and you sign forms. For makes they say e your chest and arm out areas. After that you get wheeled into the OR. It’s only a local lidocaine so you don’t need to be put under unless you can’t handle needles. The size of the needle is pretty large so they can get it into half of your chest. The recorder is implanted into the chest/boob/pect area. So you get the needle and being tolerant to most meds and lidocaine I was able to feel most of the needle sticks almost until the last one. I also felt the insertion of the device. I was told I would just feel tightness but I felt many details. But again like at the dentist it takes 3 shots for every 1 shot for a normal person in the mouth of lidocaine to numb me or I can feel the drill & major pain. So if you are good with lidocaine you should only feel a small pinch. 

They then make a small incision and use the tool above (like a gun) that shoots/injects the recorder into your chest. They then check to see if the recorder is working or talking to the doctor, device. After that they stitch you up or use derma bond (super glue). My blood is mysterious so one week I’m clotting and the next I can bleed out. I take blood thinners but when blood starts coming out of my ears I stop taking them for a while. With that said I have had a blood thinner or aspirin in months but I was bleeding out so the surgeon (my cardiologist) had to put pressure on the incision for a long period of time. Should only take like 5-10 minutes but took up me about 30 plus minutes due to the bleeding. They used derma bond on my instead of stitches and the nurse said the glue will be full of blood so don’t freak out lol. 

I’m pretty tolerant to normal pain so for me it doesn’t hurt very much. I’m doing great so far. Very easy fro, start to finsh. The sad part was someone passed away while I was there. If you are nervous about getting this done, it’s not bad and the reward outweighs the risk. 

3 Responses to “Had My Procedure/Minor Surgey For A Heart Loop Recorder ”

  1. Marcy July 10, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    I’ve also been dealing with this late stage crap! I wanted to share with you (even though you may already know) an infrared sauna is EXTREMELY important for all of us! It is the only way to get rid of the toxic overload! I’ve seen a dramatic change using it once or recently I changed up to 1/2 hour in the am and 1/2 at night. The change was due to my new problem which is SIBO or small intestine bacteria overgrowth. I’ve been in the fight now since I was finally diagnosed 8 years ago with late stage Lyme, spent a year with a pic line which was some what effective! Lessened the seizures thankfully 😅
    Fighting the fight!

    • 49er Bryan July 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you. I nearly ordered a pricey sauna about 5-6 years ago but after going to a public one I found out the sauna and my Lupus, POTS, dysautomia don’t mix. I can’t be in heat such as the sun,sauna or spa. Last time I did it made me sleep for 3 days straight. Lupus and heat don’t like each other so it makes it tough to treat my Lyme and detox that way. Epsom lavender (Dr Teal pain therapy) baths are tough but they help a bit of I cool the water.

  2. Xavier N October 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi – thanks for sharing these details. One question tho, are you sure this ILR sends data continuously to your doc? I thought they only record and keep locally a short history segment that gets recycled; and only when some conditions are met OR you trigger it it freezes and saves that portion for later retrieval and analysis by your doctor.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: