Abdominal Pain Specialist

As a top gastroenterologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and across the New York City metro area, Dr. Jaffin is skilled in the diagnosis and management of abdominal pain, offering patient-centered care that focuses on the needs of each patient at West Side Gastroenterology for optimal results.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of abdominal pain and discomfort?

Your abdomen contains many organs, and as a result, pain can occur for many different reasons, some related to gastroenterology and some not. Some of the most common causes include:

  • food poisoning

  • food allergies or sensitivities

  • ulcers

  • liver or kidney diseases

  • gallbladder disease or gallstones

  • hernia

  • inflammatory bowel disease

  • irritable bowel syndrome

  • appendicitis

  • tumors or blockages

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • stomach virus

How can I tell when I should see a doctor?

Sometimes, pain in the abdomen can arise as a result of eating foods that cause gas or from a mild stomach virus, and a visit to the doctor's office may not be necessary. But when pain is recurrent or persists for more than a day or two, if pain is severe, if it's accompanied by bloody stools, vomiting or fever, you should call the office to schedule an evaluation to ensure your symptoms are not part of a larger and more serious medical condition.

What steps are used to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain?

The first step is to take a complete personal and family medical history to look for clues to the cause of your symptoms. A physical exam and a review of your symptoms – their severity, whether the pain is a dull ache or a sharp pain, and when you first noticed them – can also be helpful. Blood tests, stool samples, endoscopy or colonoscopy, and diagnostic imaging may also be ordered.

How is abdominal pain treated?

Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, your treatment could include lifestyle and dietary changes, medication or surgery for more serious issues like hernias, gallstones or bowel blockages. Before any treatment is prescribed, you'll have a comprehensive exam to ensure your treatment is the most appropriate and most effective for your needs.


Insurance/HMO Information

We currently participate with the following health care plans. For more information, please call the office.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Multiplan, Inc.
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Oxford Liberty/Freedom

Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Jaffin has been my physician for over 15 years. Along with being an excellent diagnostician he is kind and caring and has always treated me with dignity."

  • Yelp

    "went to him for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The office staff were very nice. The Dr. had a great bedside manner and appeared very competent."

    Gar S.
  • Vitals

    "This is exemplary physician service. Dr. Jaffin is very bright, explains everything, takes patient education very seriously and is thorough and very kind."

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  • Vitals

    "Excellent diagnostician as well as kind and caring. I will always be grateful to Dr. Jaffin!"

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  • "Dr. Weiss was really great and thorough. He listened to all of my symptoms, outlined the procedures in the examination, and then explained the diagnosis and treatment."

    Anthony C.
  • "The office staff was very nice and professional. There was an error in scheduling and it was dealt with immediately and wonderful solution was made!"

    Richard M.
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    "Dr. Weiss saw me before the procedure. In the procedure room, everything was professional and competent"

    Gar C.
  • RateMDs

    "Besides being a great doctor he also has a wonderful bedside manner. "

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    "Smart, conscientious, attentive and patient describe the what you get from Dr. Jaffin as a physician."

    Kenneth R.
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    "I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends!"

    Maria C.
  • " Dr Jaffin spends time answering your questions explaining the condition you are being treated for and not treating you like a number."

    Eric S.
Westside Gastroenterology
620 Columbus Ave
Upper West Side

New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-721-2600
Fax: 212-721-6230
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