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Abdominal Pain Specialist

Jaime L. Roman-Pavajeau, MD, PA -  - General Surgery

Jaime L. Roman-Pavajeau, MD, PA

Thoracic, Robotic, Vascular and General Surgeon located in Katy, TX

Abdominal pain is a common complaint that typically resolves on its own without the need for a visit to the doctor. However, some causes of abdominal pain require medical intervention and even surgery. Jaime L. Roman-Pavajeau, MD, PA, in Katy, Texas, is an experienced general surgeon who takes a patient-centered approach to care. He uses advanced surgical techniques when treating abdominal pain, so patients get the best outcome. To schedule a surgical consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q&A

What is abdominal pain?

Any discomfort you feel from your chest to your groin is abdominal pain. However, the type of abdominal pain may help pinpoint the underlying cause.

Generalized abdominal pain

Generalized abdominal pain refers to pain that affects more than half of your abdominal area. Viruses and indigestion cause this type of pain. However, if your pain is severe, it may be a sign of an intestinal blockage. 

Localized abdominal pain

Localized abdominal pain is a pain in one specific area and may indicate a problem with an organ. Gallbladder problems and appendicitis may cause localized pain. 

Colicky abdominal pain

Colicky abdominal pain is pain that comes and goes. Gallstones and kidney stones are a common cause of colicky pain. 

Cramp-like abdominal pain

Gas and bloating may cause cramp-like abdominal pain. 

You can manage most causes of abdominal pain with at-home care. However, if your abdominal pain is severe or includes other symptoms, such as a fever, gastrointestinal bleeding, or chronic diarrhea, you should seek medical help. 

When does abdominal pain require surgery?

Dr. Roman-Pavajeau is an experienced general surgeon who takes a patient-centered approach to care. He only recommends surgery for abdominal pain when absolutely necessary for conditions like:


The appendix is a small organ in your large intestine. Appendicitis is inflammation and swelling of the appendix, which may cause the organ to burst, leading to a life-threatening situation. Appendicitis requires immediate surgical intervention.

Gallbladder disease

Gallbladder disease may cause ongoing abdominal pain. Dr. Roman-Pavajeau can remove the gallbladder to alleviate symptoms. 


Hernias occur when fatty tissue or organs bulge through weakened tissue meant to contain it. Surgery is the primary treatment for hernias.

Bowel blockage

A bowel blockage is a serious condition that requires surgical intervention to remove the backup and restore function. 

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease may cause chronic abdominal pain that affects health and quality of life. Surgery to remove the inflamed portion of the bowel may alleviate symptoms. 

Colon cancer

Surgery is the primary treatment for colon cancer. 

What can I expect during surgery for abdominal pain?

Dr. Roman-Pavajeau customizes your surgical plan based on your diagnosis, medical history, and personal needs and goals. 

When possible, he uses minimally invasive surgical tools and techniques, reducing tissue damage, post-surgical pain, and recovery time. No matter your surgical need, Dr. Roman-Pavajeau makes sure you get his full attention and care.

To schedule a consultation with the detail-oriented general surgeon, call the office of Jaime L. Roman-Pavajeau, MD, PA, or book an appointment online today. 

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