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Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program First in Region to Complete Robot-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program First in Region to Complete Robot-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

Individuals struggling with obesity and related illnesses may now benefit from expanded surgical offerings from the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program. Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is now being performed at Winchester Medical Center (WMC) with robotic assistance for the first time in the region.

Fellowship-trained metabolic and bariatric surgeon Rodolfo Oviedo, MD, FACS, FASMBS, who joined the program earlier this year, is excited to expand the treatment options for patients suffering from obesity and obesity-associated diseases. “Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery can be life-changing for many individuals who have struggled with weight and diseases related to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and others,” Dr. Oviedo says. “Robotic assistance represents the latest advancement in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and we are excited to be the first to offer it in this region.”

“Anyone who is a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery is also a good candidate for robotic-assisted surgery,” explains Dr. Oviedo. “Robotic-assisted surgery is advanced laparoscopy, offering all of the advantages of the standard approach with the added benefit of using instruments that move as the human hand moves, allowing the surgeon to control four mechanical arms at the same time and also have superior optics during the operation. Using the surgical robot offers additional precision, speed, and optimal healing.”

“Obesity is a complex disease, and its effective treatment must be implemented through a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach,” says Troy M. Glembot, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon and Medical Director of the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program. “Since we opened our program in 2006, thousands of people have changed their health and their lives for the better with the help of our dedicated staff. We are thrilled to have Dr. Oviedo join our team and bring his vast expertise in the area of robotic-assisted bariatric surgery.”

Watch: Rodolfo Oviedo, MD, FACS, FASMBS discusses Robotic-assisted surgery

Dr. Oviedo joined the Winchester team in August of 2018, bringing his prior considerable surgical and academic experience at Florida State University College of Medicine/Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, FL, and Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, FL. He has published numerous research manuscripts and book chapters, including the first robotic general surgery case series published in the international surgical literature from an American community hospital perspective.

For more on Dr. Oviedo and the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program, visit

About the Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program

The Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program is an MBSAQIP Quality Center and offers evidence-based comprehensive treatment of obesity using personalized treatment plans. The region’s only comprehensive medical and surgical weight loss program helps those who struggle with excess weight and related health problems using a team of surgical and medical weight management clinicians, dietitians and behavioral health staff to help patients gain control of their health and their life. The Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program has been awarded with a Blues Distinction Plus for Bariatric Surgery and recognized as a Cigna 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center and an Optum Bariatric Center of Excellence. Free monthly information sessions are held on the difference treatment options available.