Abdominal Pain

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

When stabbing, persistent pain in your abdomen keeps you awake at night or makes you unable to function during the day, you need the expertise of board-certified gastroenterologist Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, in New York City to diagnose the cause of your symptoms accurately. Dr. Rovito offers a variety of advanced diagnostic options at his Brooklyn practice, as well as many treatment options based on your specific needs. Don’t let abdominal pain slow you down any longer. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly to learn more.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

Some conditions can result in persistent abdominal pain. Acute abdominal pain typically develops over several hours or days and may be the result of infection, constipation, or an intestinal blockage.

Causes of chronic abdominal pain lasting two weeks or more may include:

  • Ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Because there are so many potential causes of abdominal pain, it’s essential that you get an accurate diagnosis from Dr. Rovito as soon as possible.

When should I seek medical care for abdominal pain?

You should seek immediate medical treatment if other symptoms accompany your abdominal pain such as:

  • Fever
  • Blood in stool
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Severe abdominal tenderness

These symptoms may indicate you have a serious condition that needs treatment right away.

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

Dr. Rovito initially reviews your symptoms and your medical history and performs a physical exam to determine what may be causing your pain. He checks your abdomen for tenderness and assesses the severity and location of your pain.

It’s important to honestly discuss what kind of pain you’re experiencing, such as a persistent, stabbing pain or a dull ache. Different types of pain indicate different things and can help Dr. Rovito reach an accurate diagnosis.

Many times an examination alone can reveal potential causes of pain, but Dr. Rovito may request additional testing based on your exam results. These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, or imaging tests such as an ultrasound.

Dr. Rovito may also recommend an endoscopy procedure to get a closer look at the internal structures of your digestive system. This test may reveal inflammation or infection that’s causing your pain.

How is abdominal pain treated?

Based on the results of your physical examination and testing, Dr. Rovito creates a custom treatment plan to address underlying medical issues and resolve your abdominal pain.

Treatment may involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate pain, inflammation, and other symptoms you’re experiencing.

If a chronic condition such as Crohn’s disease is the cause of your pain, Dr. Rovito provides you with resources to manage your symptoms for the long term.

To learn more about the causes of abdominal pain and your treatment options, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Rovito’s Brooklyn office today.