Innovative surgery a Rhode Island first

FIRST TIME: Dr. Nabil Toubia, left, gastroenterologist, and Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, surgical oncologist, recently performed an innovative surgical procedure, to help correct blockage of the digestive system that can occur in patients with advanced duodenal cancer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
FIRST TIME: Dr. Nabil Toubia, left, gastroenterologist, and Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, surgical oncologist, recently performed an innovative surgical procedure, to help correct blockage of the digestive system that can occur in patients with advanced duodenal cancer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
There was no doubt that gastroenterologist Dr. Nabil Toubia’s patient was in severe pain. As Toubia stood bedside at Roger Williams Medical Center earlier this year, the 60-year-old Seekonk man curled into a fetal position in his hospital bed, racked by cramps caused by a blockage in a portion of his bowel and stomach. “He…

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