Leaving this hospital within hours of getting his heart valve replaced, John Wood of Rochester is making history as the first patient in the state and in the country to be able to get home and recover from what used to be a massive surgery.

Leaving this hospital within hours of getting his heart valve replaced, John Wood is making history as the first patient in the state and in the country to be able to get home and recover from what used to be a massive surgery.

John Wood is the first person in New York State to leave within hours of getting a heart valve replaced.

"Eight years ago, it was rip my chest open, rip my heart open," stated Wood.

This was how his original valve was replaced, causing a week of recovery in the hospital.

Rochester man makes history as first patient to leave right after heart surgery

"Four to six weeks for the chest to heal, then another month off driving," Dr. Jeremiah Depta from the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute said.

However, this time around Wood went through a procedure called TAVR, which allows doctors to replace your aortic heart valve without open heart surgery, using a catheter instead.

"This is us getting access into an artery in the leg," stated Dr. Depta.

Approximately 90 percent of people are able to leave within two days. Wood was home by the same afternoon.

How does the military veteran feel about being one of the first in the country to do so?

"I make history all of the time," stated Wood.

And Rochester Regional plans on continuing to make history.

They want to have this procedure become commonplace for anyone coming for a similar heart valve procedure.

Right now, it's typically being used for higher risk patients who may not survive open heart surgery.