HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center discharges first same-day heart procedure patient in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. (July 17, 2020) – HonorHealth, a leading Valley healthcare system serving 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area, announced today the successful same-day discharge after an aortic valve replacement.

“TAVR or transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a less invasive procedure compared to traditional open heart surgery that was initially designed for patients who are too weak to undergo surgery,” said Bimal Padaliya, MD, an HonorHealth interventional cardiologist and part of the HonorHealth Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. “It can now be an option for people at low, medium or high risk for surgery who need aortic valve replacement.”

TAVR is a procedure that involves heart valve replacement. Similar to a procedure where a stent is placed in an artery, the TAVR approach delivers a fully functional artificial valve to the valve site through a catheter. Once the new valve is deployed, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the replacement valve assumes the job of regulating blood flow. The typical average hospital stay post TAVR can range from two to six days. HonorHealth’s length of stay after TAVR is less than 1.5 days.

In the midst of the pandemic, the HonorHealth TAVR team has doubled down on its efforts to focus on efficiency and reducing length of stay while providing high level medical care. This is the first reported TAVR same-day discharge procedure for Arizona.

“In this particular patient’s care, we were mindful of the difficulties that the hospitals have been having with ICU capacity and exemplified the ability to effectively treat symptomatic patients even in difficult times,” said Dr. Padaliya.   

About HonorHealth

HonorHealth is a non-profit, local community healthcare system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses five acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation and community services with approximately 12,300 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. HonorHealth was formed by a merger between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. HonorHealth’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Learn more at HonorHealth.com.