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
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