How long does it take for loop incision to heal?

Recovery time varies between about 4 to 6 weeks. You can return to daily activity gradually.

When can I shower after loop recorder?

Shower as usual the morning after discharge protecting the incision site with help of a plastic wrap. It is ok to get the incision and steristips wet. Subsequent days it is OK to wash/rinse the site gently with soap, don’t scrub the incision area, gently dry with a clean towel (do not rub).

Are there any restrictions with a loop recorder?

There are no restrictions for loop recorder patients imposed by the loop recorder. MRI scans are safe in loop recorder patients.

Can a loop recorder get infected?

The most common complication is a pain at the implant site. Risks of the procedure include a local pocket infection that may require removal of the implanted device or a local skin reaction to the device.

Is it difficult to remove a loop recorder?

If a pacemaker (or defibrillator) is placed, the loop recorder can be removed at the time of the pacemaker surgery. A loop recorder is implanted over the left chest wall underneath the skin under local anesthesia. The procedure only takes a few minutes.

How big is the incision for an ILR procedure?

A small incision (about 3-4 cm or 1.5 inches) is made just to the left of the breastbone. A pocket is created under the skin, and the ILR is placed in this pocket.

How does the ILR work without the patient knowing?

If the heart rate drops below the lowest value set, the ILR will automatically start to record. In the same way, if the heart rate rises over the highest value set, the ILR will also record without the patient’s knowledge.

What is the wound care for implantable loop recorder (ILR) removal?

Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR) removal: wound care information Wound care Remove the dressing gently after seven days. The steristrips will fall off naturally within a few weeks.

Is the ILR safe?

The ILR is completely safe under the skin for more than the life of the battery without any adverse effects to the patient’s health or well being. How is it monitored? Your implantable loop recorder can be checked both in person and remotely.