Abdominal Pain Specialist

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP -  - Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Kinston, NC

Occasional abdominal pain may not be much to worry about, but if your pain is persistent, you can find help at the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, in Kinston, North Carolina. As an experienced gastroenterologist, Dr. Saracino offers advanced diagnostic testing, including on-site endoscopic procedures, to quickly determine the cause of your pain. He customizes a treatment plan for your condition to help you find long-term relief from pain. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for abdominal pain, call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or request an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain can be the result of a variety of acute or chronic conditions. In some cases, the pain can relate to a pulled muscle, but for many, it can be the result of an underlying gastrointestinal issue like:

  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Saracino for abdominal pain that doesn’t get better with over-the-counter medications and at-home care, especially if you have a fever, changes in bowel habits, or abdominal swelling that accompanies your pain.

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

When you come in to have your abdominal pain evaluated, Dr. Saracino takes time to review your personal and family medical history. He also performs a physical exam to identify areas of tenderness, swelling, and pain in your abdomen.

Diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, an ultrasound, or a CT scan, may also be necessary to pinpoint the cause of your abdominal pain. 

Dr. Saracino offers diagnostic endoscopic procedures, including an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy or a colonoscopy, which involve using a flexible tube with an attached camera to explore your digestive tract.

He also uses capsule endoscopy testing that uses CapsoCam Plus® technology. In this procedure, you swallow a small pill containing a camera that takes pictures as it moves through your gastrointestinal tract.

What treatments are offered for abdominal pain?

Based on the results of your testing, Dr. Saracino designs a treatment plan that focuses on pain relief and improving the health of your gastrointestinal tract.

Depending on your condition, you may need medications to control your pain and reduce inflammation or antibiotics to treat existing infections.

In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair damaged parts of your intestinal tract and alleviate pain. You may need surgery if you have severe damage from conditions like pancreatitis or Crohn’s disease.

In addition to treating your condition, Dr. Saracino can help you make dietary changes to prevent pain from diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. He also provides resources to help you reduce daily stress, which can contribute to the pain of many gastrointestinal conditions.

Find out more about your options for treating abdominal pain by calling the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or you can make an appointment using the online booking tool.