Abdominal Pain

Jeffrey Bell, MD

General Surgeon & Robotic Surgery Specialist located in Fayetteville, AR

Abdominal pain is common and affects almost everyone at some point during their life. Though the underlying cause of abdominal pain is rarely a serious health issue, in some cases, surgical intervention is needed. At his office, experienced general surgeon Jeffrey Bell, MD, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, uses advanced minimally invasive techniques to perform routine and complex procedures. To schedule a surgical consultation to discuss treatments for your abdominal pain, call the office today.

Abdominal Pain

What is abdominal pain?

Any discomfort you feel between your chest and groin is abdominal pain. Though pain symptoms vary, the type of pain you feel may not indicate the severity of your condition.

Types of abdominal pain include:

Generalized pain

Generalized abdominal pain means you feel pain in more than half of your body. This type of pain may develop from a viral infection or gas. However, severe generalized abdominal pain may be signs of gastrointestinal obstruction. 

Localized pain

With localized abdominal pain, you feel pain in one specific part of your abdomen. This type of pain may indicate problems with a particular organ, such as your gallbladder or appendix. 

Colicky pain

With colicky abdominal pain, your pain comes and goes and may be severe. Kidney stones and gallstones cause this type of pain. 

Cramp-like pain

Cramp-like abdominal pain is rarely a serious health concern and may also include symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. 

When should I seek medical help for abdominal pain?

You can develop abdominal pain from many causes. Though you don’t always need medical care for the management of your abdominal pain, you should contact your primary care provider if your pain is not improving over time or:

  • You can’t pass stool
  • You’re vomiting blood
  • You have bloody stools
  • Your pain is sharp and severe
  • Your abdominal pain is affecting your appetite
  • Your belly is tender or rigid
  • You have a fever


It’s important to provide detailed information about your abdominal pain to help your primary care provider make an accurate diagnosis. 

What abdominal pain conditions require surgery?

Most causes of abdominal pain don’t require surgery. However, you may be referred to Dr. Bell by your primary care provider if you have:

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Acid reflux
  • Bowel blockage or obstruction


With appendicitis or diverticulitis, you may require immediate surgical intervention to prevent more serious health complications. However, surgery for gallstones, hernias, and acid reflux may not be so urgent. 

What can I expect during an abdominal pain consultation?

Dr. Bell is an experienced general surgeon and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you see him for surgical management of your abdominal pain. During your consultation, he reviews your symptoms, medical history, surgical history, and performs an exam, 

Once he’s established a diagnosis, he develops your surgical plan and discusses it with you. When possible, he uses advanced, minimally invasive techniques to perform your abdominal surgery. 

For surgical management of your abdominal pain, contact the office of Jeffrey Bell, MD, by phone today.