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November 2015

Does Diabetes Contribute to Urologic Conditions?

By: Arkansas Urology

A diabetes diagnosis can be a scary diagnosis for a number of reasons. It comes with many lifestyle changes and puts you at risk for developing other conditions as a result. It’s true that patients with diabetes can be more likely to develop urologic conditions. It can affect your bladder health and cause sexual problems.

Diabetes can damage your nerves and small blood vessels. Autonomic nerves control your internal organs. Sometimes damage caused by diabetes can interfere with normal processes not allowing the signals your brain sends to be received correctly. As a result, you can develop sexual issues. For men, this can be erectile dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation, and for women it can be painful intercourse or vaginal dryness.

More than half of men and women with diabetes have bladder dysfunction because of damage to nerves that control bladder function. This can cause overactive bladder because those damaged nerve signals will tell you it’s time to go to the bathroom or your muscles can contract without warning. Diabetes can also lead to incontinence and urinary tract infections. Pay attention to how often you are going to the bathroom or feeling the urge to go. If it starts to increase and you’re urinating eight or more times a day including during the night, consult with a doctor.

However, a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t doom you to urologic conditions. If you have diabetes, control your glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. This can help greatly reduce your risk of developing conditions, if you keep all these at healthy levels. Also maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle will also lower your risk.

When you start experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk to someone in our clinic.

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October 2015

Is Urinary Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?

By: Arkansas Urology

Urinary incontinence is increasingly common as people age, but it is not a normal part of aging. Don’t think that you have to accept it as a part of life; we can treat it. We can even eliminate it entirely with the right treatment.

Urinary incontinence occurs when you have trouble holding your urine until you get to a bathroom. It can interfere with your quality of life and cause embarrassing situations. Many times people brush it aside neglecting to seek medical attention, because it can be relatively common, especially in senior adults. Urinary incontinence affects about 200 million people worldwide, and about 25 million Americans suffer from occasional or chronic urinary incontinence. You’re not alone in experiencing incontinence. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about seeing a doctor – especially a urologist, since that’s one of the most common conditions urologists see.

Incontinence can be classified as one of several different types. Stress incontinence is urine leakage caused by coughing, sneezing or a strenuous activity. Urge incontinence occurs when you have an overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom and feel like you won’t make it. You can also have a mix of the two. Overflow incontinence, which is when the bladder is never completely empty after urination, is less common.

While incontinence is a common part of aging, it’s never normal. In most cases, treatment can save senior adults from suffering from urinary incontinence, embarrassing situations and having to avoid social gatherings. If you start experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk with someone in our clinic. Incontinence doesn’t have to be accepted as a normal part of your life.

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October 2015

What Should You Expect When Having a Vasectomy?

By: Arkansas Urology

For couples that are definitely finished having children, a vasectomy is a safe, easy and effective option for contraception. Make sure you have definitely decided not to add any more biological children to your family because vasectomy reversals are not always successful. Carefully consider your decision, but if you are certain, a vasectomy is a good solution for permanent contraception.

Family with young childrenVasectomies are quite common, with about 500,000 performed each year in the U.S. They are one of the most reliable forms of contraception and are cheaper, faster and safer than female sterilization.

The procedure lasts 30 to 45 minutes and requires only one or two small incisions. You will be awake during the procedure, but the physician will give you local anesthesia. The physician will make a small hole on one side of the scrotum and pull out part of the vas deferens on that side. Men may feel some tugging or pulling. Then, it will be replicated on the other side. The puncture is so tiny that it heals without stitches.

Pain is minimal. If men experience pain after the procedure, ice packs, athletic support and mild pain medication should help. Side effects or complications from the procedure are rare. In very few cases, the incisions can become infected and cause swelling or bleeding, but an antibiotic will be prescribed.

After a vasectomy, life can soon return to normal. Since the procedure performed on an outpatient basis, recovery time is minimal. If the patient works at a desk, his time off work shouldn’t be long. Continue to use birth control for a while after the procedure until you’ve completed follow-up tests at your doctor’s office and your doctor has said it’s ok.

If you need more information about having a vasectomy or more questions, give us a call today. We’d be happy to give you more information or help you schedule an appointment. Call us at 877-321-8452.


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September 2015

What Are Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?

By: Arkansas Urology

Prostate cancer is relatively common for men. Fortunately, we at Arkansas Urology know if prostate cancer is caught early, it’s very treatable. That’s why it’s so important to recognize and understand risk factors. Several different factors contribute to this cancer and when it occurs. Risk factors for prostate cancer differ from risk factors of most other cancers. So who is most likely to develop prostate cancer? Here are four top risk factors for prostate cancer:

African American man with daughter1. Age is the greatest risk factor. The older you are, the more likely you are to develop prostate cancer. About 80 percent of men who reach age 80 will have some cancer cells in their prostate. The majority of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65. In the U.S., the average age of a man just diagnosed with prostate cancer is 69.

2. Statistically, African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men. The cancer is also more likely to be advanced when it is diagnosed. Hispanic men have a lower risk of prostate cancer than white men.

3. Family history also plays a key role in whether or not you develop prostate cancer and when it occurs. If your father or brother had prostate cancer, your risk is doubled. Having a brother with prostate cancer seems to increase your risk more than your father. Multiple family members and the age of their diagnoses also affect your risk. Also, having a family history of genes that increase the risk of breast cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) can increase your risk of prostate cancer.

4. Smoking, diet and obesity have been shown to be factors for aggressive prostate cancer, but they aren’t necessarily factors for low-risk prostate cancer.

If risk factors for prostate cancer are present, an early cancer screening is key. At Arkansas Urology, our team of physicians can share their knowledge of risk factors and advise you of when a screening should be scheduled. Give us a call today at 800-255-1762.

 

 

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September 2015

Top Reasons Men Should Get a Prostate Cancer Screening

By: Arkansas Urology

Prostate cancer affects one in seven men and is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States. The best treatment for prostate cancer is early treatment. At Arkansas Urology, we recognize the importance of catching cancer cells early to know how to best treat the cancer.

It’s proven that the earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the outcome will be. Screenings are an important part of early detection. Since prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has become available, the number of deaths from prostate cancer has decreased.

Two tests are used to detect prostate cancer. The digital rectal exam (DRE) is where the doctor examines the prostate through the rectum to find any nodules. The second test is a blood test to see the level of PSA. Elevated PSA can be a sign of prostate cancer. After the tests, your doctor may recommend a biopsy of the prostate if cancer is suspected.

The American Cancer Society recommends screening at age 50 for most men, those of average risk. If you’re a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and have a strong family history of prostate cancer, they recommend screening earlier. Our staff of doctors will be happy to sit down with you and determine the best time for you to be screened based on your risk factors.

After your initial screening, your results will depend on when the next screening is recommend. For men with a PSA of less than 2.5 ng/mL, testing many only need to be every two years. If the PSA level is 2.5 ng/mL or higher, the screening should be done annually. Whatever your PSA level may be, our highly-skilled physicians will develop a plan to follow up with you to detect any cancer as soon as possible. And if there is cancer present, immediate treatment may not be necessary. Sometimes the best course of action with this slow-growing cancer is carefully monitoring it.

If you think you may need to have a prostate cancer screening, contact us. Give us a call at 1-800-255-1762 to make an appointment.

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August 2015

Why Should You See a Urologist?

By: Arkansas Urology

When it comes to personal issues, you may be more comfortable seeing your primary care doctor with whom you have an established relationship. However, urologists specialize in issues of the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs. At Arkansas Urology, our team commonly sees a variety of conditions, from urinary tract infections to overactive bladder to interstitial cystitis to kidney stones. They also see cancers of the bladder, kidney and prostate.

A urologist is the expert for any problem affecting your urinary tract. There are several urinary issues that you shouldn’t ignore and you should immediately make an appointment with a urologist should you experience them. If you find yourself avoiding social gatherings because of incontinence, then it’s time to see an urologist. Don’t let the fear of an embarrassing situation keep you from living your life. Likewise, women, if you’re wearing sanitary pads or keeping a change of clothes handy because of accidents, make an appointment with a urologist. If you experience leaking urine, don’t accept it as a normal part of life.

For men and women, blood in the urine is another symptom not to ignore. This can be an early warning sign of kidney stones, bladder problems or kidney cancer. Even after seeing blood only once, make an appointment. Do not wait to see if the blood will go away.

Men should have a yearly prostate exam starting at age 50 or sooner depending on risk factors. If there is anything abnormal or if you have an elevated or changed PSA level, you should consult with an urologist. Also, men who have any type of mass, firmness or nodule of the testicle or persistent pain lasting longer than a week should see a specialist soon.

Urologists also see sexual dysfunction in men and women, from arousal to sex pain to erection. Urologists can also help with infertility. If you and your partner have had difficulty conceiving a child in a year of trying, then it’s time to make an appointment.

At Arkansas Urology, we see a wide variety of issues. No matter the severity of your problem, we’ll listen to your concerns and develop the best treatment method for you. We can be your trusted experts when it comes to these personal and oftentimes private conditions. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment at a location near you.

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August 2015

2015 Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event set for Sept. 10

By: Arkansas Urology

Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health will observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with the 11th annual Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m. The event will offer men the opportunity to receive a potentially lifesaving preventive screening at Arkansas Urology’s Little Rock campus, located at 1300 Centerview Drive.

Each man will receive the “100% Men’s Health” screening, which typically involves comprehensive lab tests
and/or a prostate exam, free of charge. Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health physicians will check for potential
heart, blood pressure, kidney, bladder and metabolism problems. Physicians will also assess vitamin, nutrient, LH,
FSH and hormone levels (including testosterone, estrogen, thyroid function and prolactin), as well as conduct DNA
tests for hypercoagulability, screenings for potential internal bleeding, urinalyses and much more.
Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health will be giving away a flat-screen TV every 20-minutes to men who register and
participate in the screening. Interested individuals are encouraged to call 501-219-8900 to schedule an appointment.
Screening results may be mailed to participants or specific results from a healthcare provider may be relayed by
phone.

“Last year’s event brought potentially serious medical issues to the attention of 495 men – men who may not have
been screened for these particular issues otherwise,” said Dr. Tim Langford, president of Arkansas Urology. “We’re
happy to host this annual event that raises awareness of the importance of men’s health and provides a safe and
supportive environment for men who may have been hesitant to come in for a screening.”

Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event is presented by CHI St. Vincent.

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August 2015

What You Should Know About Overactive Bladder

By: Arkansas Urology

Overactive bladder (OAB) affects more than 33 million Americans of all ages. The condition occurs when the detrusor muscle of the bladder contracts more often than needed even when the bladder is not full. At Arkansas Urology, we understand that OAB can be hard and embarrassing to talk about, but the symptoms and condition are treatable. It’s important that you get the help you need when you suspect there may be a problem.

The symptoms for overactive bladder may seem obvious but can often be overlooked or blamed on age. Did you know that you shouldn’t need to urinate more than eight times in a 24-hour period? If you find yourself in the bathroom more frequently, you may have OAB. With overactive bladder, you may experience an intense, urgent need to go to urinate immediately. You also may leak urine after a strong urge to go to the bathroom.

Infections that irritate the bladder lining can cause the bladder to become overactive. While it is not a normal part of aging, it is more common in those over the age of 60. Women after menopause have a greater risk along with men who have had prostate issues.

When you start experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s time to see an urologist. Talk to your doctor about all your symptoms even if you think something is insignificant. If you suspect overactive bladder, you can keep a diary at home of what and how much you drink, when you urinate and if you feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom to give more specific information to your physician. Sometimes OAB can be controlled with behavior modification, so that’s why important to see a doctor before other issues develop as a result. Medication is also another option for treatment. Arkansas Urology offers surgical procedures if other first or second line therapies fail to alleviate your problems.

At Arkansas Urology, we understand how sensitive these issues can be. If you or someone you love may be experiencing overactive bladder, you can feel comfortable making an appointment to talk to one of our doctors. We have locations throughout the state to conveniently serve you better. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment at a location near you.

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July 2015

How Do UTIs Affect Children?

By: Arkansas Urology

You might be surprised to know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are actually common in children. Next to bedwetting, it’s the most common urological issue in children, and the second most common type of infection children get. Fortunately, urinary infections in kids can go away quickly when treated promptly.

The urinary tract includes the bladder, kidneys and connecting tubes, and carries urine out of the body. When bacteria get into the urinary tract, infection can form. UTIs may also be a result of an abnormality in the structure or function of the urinary tract, such as an abnormal backflow of urine, poor toilet and hygiene habits and use of bubble baths or soaps that irritate.

Girls have UTIs more frequently than boys do. Infections are more common while potty training. Uncircumcised boys under 1 year old also have a slightly higher risk of developing a UTI.

Signs and symptoms of UTIs will vary depending on a child’s age and which part of the urinary tract is infected. In younger children, the symptoms can be very general like irritability, not feeding well or vomiting. Sometimes the only symptom a parent may notice is fever.

For older children, the problem may be more obvious. Older children and adults will experience similar symptoms such as pain while peeing, increased urge to urinate, frequently waking during the night to go to the bathroom and abdominal or lower back pain.

At Arkansas Urology, we treat children as well as adults. Summer can be a prime time to get your children in for an appointment for any type of urological issue they might have. We have locations throughout the state to better serve you. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 whether you need an appointment for you or your child. 

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July 2015

5 Ways You Can Prevent Kidney Stones

By: Arkansas Urology

Many people have compared the pain from kidney stones to labor pains. It’s intense sharp waves of pain with the reality of having to pass the stone. At the end though you don’t have anything to show for the pain you experienced. Summer can also be a prime time for stones. Many stones actually form in the winter, but start moving and cause pain, becoming more apparent in the summer. During warmer weather, we sweat more and aren’t as hydrated which causes issues.

Kidney stones are relatively common with an estimated 10 percent of Americans experiencing kidney stones in their lifetime. They form when the balance of water, salts, minerals and other substances in urine is off. They develop when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances like calcium than the fluid in your urine can dilute.

Kidney stones have no single, definitive cause. However, the most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Stones are more common in men than women, and unfortunately having one kidney stone increases your chance of having another by about 50 percent.

It’s safe to say that no one wants to experience a kidney stone. What can you do to prevent them?

  • Drink Water - Since not drinking enough water is the No. 1 cause of stones, the best prevention is drinking more water. Extra water will dilute substances in your urine that lead to stones.
  • Cut the Salt - A diet low in salt can also help. Your sodium intake can increase the amount of calcium in your urine, so try limiting your daily amount of sodium to 2,300 mg.
  • Get Enough Calcium - Don’t consider calcium as the enemy. Be sure to get the daily-recommended amount of calcium in your diet without taking supplements. Calcium in food doesn’t increase the risk of stones; in fact, if you’ve had a calcium oxalate stone, you should include 800 mg of calcium in your diet.
  • Watch Your Diet - Some foods are rich in oxalate that can make you more kidney stone prone. Avoid foods such as beets, chocolate, spinach and nuts. Eating too much animal protein like red meat, eggs, seafood and poultry can also boost your level of uric acid and lead to stones developing. For most people, particular foods and drinks will not trigger kidney stones unless they consume them in extremely high amounts.
  • Lose a Few – Obesity can increase your risk of developing kidney stones significantly. This can also be related to diet, but being overweight gives you a predisposition to stones forming. The degree of obesity doesn’t have much effect, so it’s important to get within your normal weight range.

At Arkansas Urology, we recognize that no one wants to have a kidney stone. However, if you or a family member is struggling through the pain of a stone, we can help. We are conveniently located throughout Arkansas to better serve you. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 whether you have kidney stones, need a routine screening or are experiencing other urological complications.


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