Peter F. Rovito, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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A Bariatric Surgery Pioneer

Peter F. Rovito, MD, FACS, has performed more bariatric surgery in the Lehigh Valley than any other surgeon.

He pioneered weight loss surgery in the area with introduction of the Vertical Banded Gastroplasty upon completion of his surgical residency inn 1988, and was the only surgeon in the area who performed the procedure for many years.

As laparoscopic technology improved, a new "gold standard" procedure for management of morbid obesity was developed: the Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RGB). After receiving comprehensive technical training, Dr. Rovito performed the first laparoscopic RGB in the area in March, 2000, and continues to provide this life-altering procedure to a diverse patient population. 

Always aware of the latest information and research into techniques and procedures, Dr. Rovito carefully selects new procedures based on their safety, merit, and peer-reviewed evidence of long term efficacy.  As a result, Dr. Rovito chose not to perform laparoscopic band surgery when it became popular many years ago.  Recent literature proves he made the correct choice; patients who have undergone the gastric bypass lose more weight, keep it off longer, and experience fewer complications than those who've had gastric banding.

But surgery evolves and improves, and after carefully researching the newest bariatric surgery procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve), Dr. Rovito has added that procedure and is happy to discuss both the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve with his patients.  Surgery is a personal choice because no two patients are the same, and Dr. Rovito will explain the advantages of each procedure and help patients select the one which is best for their individual needs. 

Dr. Rovito has authored numerous articles in respected peer-reviewed medical and surgical journals which have added to the academic fund of knowledge about general and bariatric surgery. A complete listing of those articles can be found on the Publications page of this website.

General Information about Bariatric Surgery:

Bariatrics is the field of medicine that specializes in treating obesity. Bariatric surgery is a surgical subspecialty that performs operations to treat morbid obesity. Because obesity is so difficult to treat in the long term, doctors and scientists are looking for ways to help persons who have this chronic disease. Bariatric surgery may be an option for some persons with severe obesity.
What Is Obesity? 
People who are 100 pounds over their ideal body weight are considered to be morbidly obese and may be candidates for weight loss surgery. This is equivalent to a body mass index (BMI) of 40.  BMI is a relationship of a person’s height and weight.  In addition, people with a BMI of 35 who have health problems related to their weight may also be candidates for bariatric surgery.


The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Learn more about batiatric surgery and how it works from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.  Dr. Rovito is a member of this organization.  Click here for more information: 

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Misconceptions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a Candidate?

Choosing Bariatric Surgery

What is involved before, during, and after surgery? 

Patients considered for bariatric surgery must be carefully evaluated. Studies are performed to assess the health of the patient's cardiovascular and endocrine systems. A psychological evaluation is considered essential by most physicians to determine a potential patient's response to weight loss and change in body image. Nutritional counseling is also a must before surgery.
Dr. Rovito performs weight loss procedures at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. Dr. Rovito and his staff offer a pre-operative weight management program to prepare patients for weight loss surgery. This involves meetings with various medical professionals and support personnel to thoroughly educate patients about their selected surgery. Unlike many hospital-based programs, there is no non-reimbursable fee to enroll in Dr. Rovito's pre-operative weight management program. Call Dr. Rovito's office at 610-437-6119 for more information.

After surgery, patients have follow-up appointments with Dr. Rovito in his office, as well as ongoing support and education.




Surgery Overview:

Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food you eat and thus the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine also results in fewer calories being absorbed. This leads to weight loss. For more information from WebMD, click here:
Surgery Overview


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