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Backus brings gastric bypass to Eastern Connecticut

February 14, 2014

(Norwich, Conn.) – Backus general surgeon and Weight Loss Medical Director Mark Tousignant, MD, recently began offering gastric bypass as an option to patients seeking medical weight loss.  Dr. Tousignant has been performing LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric banding procedures since 2010.

“Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach in two to create a small upper stomach pouch.  The procedure reduces the amount of food that the stomach can hold and decreases the amount of nutrients that are digested and absorbed.  The stomach pouch is designed to hold about three tablespoons of food.

“Gastric bypass is the preferred method of bariatric surgery when patients have diabetes and are insulin dependent,” said Dr. Tousignant.  “Individuals who have metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, have the best outcomes with bypass.”

For those interested in bariatric surgery, join Dr. Tousignant will host an informational session on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6-7 p.m. at the Backus Outpatient Care Center at 111 Salem Turnpike in Norwich.  Registration is required by calling (860) 425-8740.