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Locations and Hours

  • BENTON (M 7:30am-3:30pm (Men's Health), W 8-10:30am, Th 8am-3:30pm)
    501-776-3288
  • BENTONVILLE (M-F, 8am-5pm)
    479-268-6800
  • CONWAY (M-F, 8am-5pm)
    501-327-5850
  • EL DORADO (M-F, 8am-5pm)
    870-862-5439
  • Fayetteville (M-F, 8am-5pm)
    479-268-6800
  • HARRISON (M-F, 8am-4:30pm)
    870-741-2317
  • HEBER SPRINGS (W 7:30am-2:00pm)
    800-255-1762
  • LITTLE ROCK (M-F, 8am-5pm; Shipping & Receiving M-F, 7am-3pm)
    501-219-8900
  • MEN'S HEALTH - BOWMAN RD. (T and Th 8am-6pm, W and F 7am-5pm)
    501-246-3423
  • MONTICELLO (1st, 3rd and 5th W, 9am-2:30pm)
    870-460-3547
  • N. LITTLE ROCK (M-TH, 8am-4:30pm F 7:30am-3:30pm (Men's Health))
    501-945-2121
  • PINE BLUFF (M-F, 7:30am-3:30pm)
    870-890-4848
  • RUSSELLVILLE (M and T 8am-3pm, Every other Friday 8am-1pm)
    479-968-2600
  • STUTTGART (M, 8:30am-3:30pm)
    870-890-4848
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27

May 2020

Dr. Timothy Goodson earns practice 'Center of Excellence' distinction for treatment of BPH

By: Arkansas Urology

Arkansas Urology today announced Dr. Timothy Goodson’s practice at Arkansas Urology has been selected a UroLift® System Center of Excellence by NeoTract, a wholly owned subsidiary of Teleflex Incorporated. This is the first distinction of its kind in the state of Arkansas. The UroLift® System is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate), a condition that affects roughly 50% of men over the age of 50 and 90% of men over 80. It is non-surgical, makes no physical change to the gland through cutting or lasers, and offers immediate relief of the most common symptoms. “UroLift is held in great regard in my practice because it’s so comfortable for patients and so consistent in its results. I can do it in an exam room in under an hour. It doesn’t preclude other treatments down the line, and it’s caused no unintended side effects in any of my patients,” Goodson said. “We’re thrilled to offer this treatment option, and I’m proud to be associated with it at this level.”

Dr. Goodson joined Arkansas Urology in 2002. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he is a
member of the American Urological Association and president of the Arkansas Urological Society. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the
Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and has been instrumental in bringing new prostate cancer treatments to the region. “We’re happy to provide this state-of-the-art, non-surgical treatment here. Tens of thousands of Arkansans are affected by BPH and suffer symptoms, everything from urinary discomfort to interrupted sleep, even depression and loss of productivity,” said E. Scot Davis, CEO of Arkansas Urology. “This is such a quick and safe procedure; it’s a relief in more ways than one.” For information about the procedure, including a BPH quiz and UroLift video, visit ArkansasUrology.com/urolift-system, or call (501) 219-8900.

 

About the UroLift® System The FDA-cleared UroLift System is a proven, minimally invasive technology or treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating or removing prostate tissue. Clinical data from a pivotal 206-patient randomized controlled study showed that patients with enlarged prostate receiving UroLift implants reported rapid and durable symptomatic and urinary flow rate improvement without
compromising sexual function. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. Over 100,000 men have been treated with the UroLift System in the U.S. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. The Prostatic Urethral Lift procedure using the UroLift System is recommended for the treatment of BPH in both the American Urological Association and European Association of Urology clinical guidelines. The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Learn more at http://www.UroLift.com.


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19

May 2020

Arkansas Urology Foundation a Beneficiary of COVID-19 Response Fund

By: Arkansas Urology

The Arkansas Urology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public charity, has received a grant from the Arkansas Community Foundation to support its ongoing, statewide expansion of free health checkups and pre-treatment consultations. The community foundation’s mini-grant comes as part of a wider disbursement of its Arkansas COVID-19 Response Fund. The Arkansas Urology Foundation’s guiding priorities are to promote awareness, encourage early detection and support state-of-the-art treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas. Its strategy is to focus on providing free health screenings to men across the state of Arkansas.“While in the midst of a public health crisis, Arkansas Urology Foundation’s efforts to provide free health screenings for underserved communities is more important than ever. We are grateful for their commitment to serving the state right now,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation. These screenings provide medical staff with insights into medical concerns from diabetes to heart disease, and provide direct and indirect support of the state’s urgent priority to identify and treat new cases of COVID-19. “We’ve seen in our state and the nation that hospitals and care providers on the frontlines fighting the pandemic, they’re most successful when they’re encircled by other doctors and health care professionals ready to offload diagnostic and non-acute care,” said Scot E. Davis, CEO of Arkansas Urology. “We want to be a portal for all Arkansans to access superior care for COVID-19 or other ailments during this period of pandemic response.”The Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities in the state. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address local and statewide needs.The Arkansas Urology Foundation strengthens Arkansas Urology’s ongoing commitment to increase access to care to underserved communities through the state. “We believe all men in the state, regardless of cultural background, financial resources or proximity to care should have access to information, diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment,” said Chris Shenep, director of the Arkansas Urology Foundation.

For information about the Foundation, or to become a member of the board of
directors, please call Chris Shenep at
501-912-0763
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18

May 2020

Is Bladder Training Actually Helpful?

By: Arkansas Urology

Urinary incontinence affects twice as many women than men and is very common. It’s embarrassing but you might be surprised to know the number of women and probably your friends who struggle with the same thing. The good news is there are several solutions including bladder training. Bladder training can help manage the symptoms of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. Many people are embarrassed to talk about urinary incontinence, even with a urologist, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. With some help from your doctor, you can experience the noticeable differences that bladder training can make in your day-to-day life.

Bladder training can control wetting accidents, frequency (the need to urinate often) and urgency (the uncontrollable, sudden need to urinate) to a degree by helping you change your urination habits. When you begin, your doctor will likely ask you to keep a record of certain information, such as how often you need to urinate each day and night. That, along with other information, will help your doctor develop a bladder training program unique to you.

Some helpful, common bladder training techniques are listed below:

  • Scheduled Restroom Visits: Some people find it helpful to control urination by scheduling their trips to the restroom. This works by planning to go to the restroom and urinate at set times, regardless of whether or not you feel the need to go. Over time, you can increase the amount of time in between bathroom breaks until you find a schedule that comfortably works for you.
  • Kegel Exercises: These exercises are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which will allow you to stop the flow of urine more easily. This is especially helpful for women.
  • Delayed Urination: When you feel the sudden urge to urinate, try to hold your urine for another five to ten minutes. You can gradually increase the amount of time that you hold your urine until you can hold it for a few hours in between trips to the bathroom.

Some lifestyle changes can also help you keep incontinence and OAB under control, such as limiting caffeinated beverages and alcohol, and not drinking anything a few hours before bedtime.

Remember that your doctor will be able to help you find the right mixture of bladder training techniques for your unique situation. And as May is Women’s Health Month, now is the time to take charge of your health and bladder. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your urologist and take back your quality of life!

 

At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Do you have questions? We have answers! Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals, or book an appointment online in minutes.

 

 

 

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May 2020

Transperineal Biopsies

By: Arkansas Urology

Most men are advised to be screened annually or every other year for prostate cancer depending on their age and family history. Screening may consist of a blood test which measures prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE). At Arkansas Urology, we are closely following the CDC guidelines and performing only performing urgent and emergent cases as approved by the Arkansas Dept. of Health. These cases may include kidney stones or situations where somebody is unable to urinate or cases in which an increased risk of prostate cancer is time-sensitive. Due to the COVID-19, we are not doing all prostate cancer biopsies right now, but definitely those who are at high risk. To avoid a potential risk of Infection, we are utilizing the transperineal prostate biopsy rather than the standard transrectal biopsies.

When somebody is at high risk of cancer, there may be a need to do a biopsy procedure to find out if the patient has cancer or not. If the patient has a confirmed elevated or rising PSA or an abnormal DRE, the next step is often to proceed with a transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy. However, due to the risks right now being associated with the coronavirus, we have started doing transperineal biopsies, which goes through the skin directly into the prostate gland, which decreases the risk for infection dramatically. The last thing we want to do is cause an infection and a patient end up in a local ER.

In a transperineal biopsy, the urologist passes the biopsy needle through the perineal skin and into the prostate, rather than passing the biopsy needle through the potentially contaminated rectum which may pose a higher risk of infection. The biopsy needle is still guided by an ultrasound placed in the rectum. Transperineal biopsy is appropriate for all patients, but may specifically benefit patients with the following conditions:

  • History of infection after a previous transrectal biopsy
  • History of prostatitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Rectal bleeding complications after previous biopsy
  • Previous negative transrectal biopsy with suspicion of anterior prostate tumor

The main benefit is safety, due to the lower risk of severe life-threatening infection. Also, with a transperineal approach it is much easier to access the anterior prostate, which is not well sampled with transrectal biopsy.

After COVID-19 subsides, we will all be stronger because of what we have gone through as a state, nation and world. In healthcare, I do think a silver lining in all of this will be how many physicians are learning new procedures like this one and being taught new ways to practice medicine like telehealth. I think we will do more transperineal biopsies in the future. While most biopsies will continue to be transrectal, certain patients will be better suited for a transperineal approach.

Many patients who have prostate cancer, may be referred to the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Center, which offers radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Patients with prostate cancer also have several treatment options, including: surgery, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), prostate brachytherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, cryosurgery and watchful waiting.

 

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Kickoff to Men's Health

Arkansas Urology and the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month each September by offering men a free prostate screening in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

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