Dr Kenneth Koo

Gastric Pain Specialist In Singapore With 20 Years Experience

  • Looking for an accurate diagnosis & reliable treatment for gastric pain?
  • Manage your gastric pain symptoms before it leads to further complications.

Dr Kenneth Koo has extensive experience in treating gastric pain and other gastrointestinal conditions in adults.

What Is Gastric Pain?

Gastric pain is pain located in the upper abdominal area. The characteristics of the pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. It can be sharp, cramping, intermittent or just a feeling of discomfort.

Inflammation of the organs in the digestive tract can cause gastric pain. Some of these organs include the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas and gallbladder.

About our Gastroenterologist

Dr Kenneth Koo

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

Gleneagles Medical Centre

  • MBBS
  • M Med (Int Med)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • FRCP (Edin)

Dr Kenneth Koo is an experienced gastroenterologist with more than 20 years’ experience and is well trained in managing all types of digestive and liver conditions.

Prior to joining private practise, Dr Kenneth Koo was Director of Gastroenterology and Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. An integral member of the team which transitioned from Alexander Hospital to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in 2015, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gastroenterology division including the growth, development and governance.

Dedication to his patients and clinical practise can be seen from several service quality awards obtained over the years.

When Should You Visit A Specialist For Gastric Pain?

Gastric pain may signal an underlying medical condition. If left untreated, it could result in more serious complications.

Seek immediate medical attention or consult a specialist if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Persistent and abnormal changes in bowel movements (Black/bloody stools, prolonged diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Severe and excruciating abdominal pain
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid weight loss
  • High fever
  • Vomiting blood

Consult Dr Kenneth Koo

If you are experiencing abnormal gastric pain, you should see a qualified gastroenterologist.

What Causes Gastric Pain?

Here are some  causes of upper abdominal pain:

  • Gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gallstones and bile duct stones
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Constipation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Pancreas inflammation

Why Do Patients Choose
The GI & Liver Center

  • Previous Director of Gastroenterology & Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • More Than 20 Years’ Experience
  • Accurate Diagnosis Through Comprehensive Screening Tools
  • Accepting Patients With & Without Insurance
  • Transparent & Honest Charges

Gastric pain may signal an underlying medical condition. Find out the cause of gastric pain before it leads to serious complications.

What Are the Symptoms Of Gastric Pain?

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Burning or gnawing pain in your  upper abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

How Is Gastric Pain Evaluated?

  • Review of medical history and lifestyle habits
  • Physical examination to check for swelling and tenderness in the abdomen
  • Imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI scans and ultrasounds
  • Colonoscopy (to examine the inside of the colon and rectum)
  • Endoscopy (to detect inflammation and abnormalities in the stomach and oesophagus)
  • Blood or stool sample tests

How Is Gastric Pain Treated?


For milder cases of gastric pain, taking over-the-counter pain relievers such antacids can help alleviate the pain and bloating.

Other types of medications such as acid suppressants, anti-spasmodics may be prescribed by the doctor depending on the situation and underlying cause.

Home remedies

  • Have adequate rest
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Consume easy-to-digest food such as porridge, oatmeal and fruits. Avoid heavy, oily foods
Billing & Insurance

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We accept a range of policies that covers individual health insurance as well as corporate insurance plans. We have partnered with many insurance companies such as Aviva, IHP, Great Eastern, and more!

Our Clinic

Feel free to drop by at our clinic at 6 Napier Road #06-16, Gleneagles Medical Center, Singapore 258499

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    Visit Our Clinic

    The GI & Liver Center

    6 Napier Road #06-16
    Gleneagles Medical Center
    Singapore 258499


    Mon-Fri: 9am – 12.30pm and 2pm - 5pm
    Sat: 8.30am – 12.30pm
    Sun & PH: Closed

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Although mild gastric pain is usually fleeting and not a major cause for concern, it can still signal an underlying medical condition if it keeps recurring. It is best to consult a specialist if you are uncertain about your symptoms.

    • Excessive consumption of alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Bacterial infection due to Helicobacter pylori
    • Certain types of medication eg painkillers such as Synflex or blood thinners such as Aspirin
    • Excessive stress

    • Minimise heavy and oily food
    • Minimise alcohol consumption
    • Adopt a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly
    • Maintain a healthy diet
    • Avoid smoking
    • Avoid food you know that may trigger an upset stomach, such as diary products if you are lactose intolerant