US News and World Report Badge - UrologyArkansas Children's Urology has a long-standing history of caring for children who need improvements in their bladder, kidney and urinary tract. Our program started more than 40 years ago and has grown to include surgeons, advanced practice registered nurses, multiple specialty and clinic nurses, and clinics in Springdale, Jonesboro, and central Arkansas. Children from across the state and region depend on the care of the Urology Service at Arkansas Children’s. Whether they need a complex birth defect repaired, assistance with prolonged bed-wetting or help to resolve kidney stones, children require specialized care. Their bodies are smaller and more delicate. Their treatments must be too.

Families know they receive care tailored to their children when they bring them to the urology clinic at Arkansas Children's. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained urologists understand that urologic disorders can be challenging both physically and emotionally. We offer comprehensive support that begins at the first evaluation and continues passed recovery.

Our urologists offer families expertise in noninvasive testing and minimally invasive surgery. They also have special training in a wide range of disorders including hypospadias, dysfunctional voiding and ambiguous genitalia.

Our specialists spend time with each patient, listening carefully to their concerns and creating a plan with the family’s input. This patient-focused environment leads to a better outcome for every child.

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What sets Arkansas Children's Urology apart?

  • Each year our service cares for children through more than 7,500 visits for urologic treatment.
  • It is the only hospital in Arkansas with three surgeons trained to use the da Vinci Surgical Robot for pediatric urology procedures. This means more children have the opportunity to recover from urologic surgeries with less pain, shorter recovery times and minimal scarring.
  • Arkansas Children's Urology treats large volumes of issues that are mostly seen in the pediatric population – hypospadias, circumcisions, undescended testicles and bedwetting among them.
  • We also offer Telehealth visits in the Springdale, Jonesboro, Texarkana, and Fort Smith areas. We believe that telehealth saves time and money for the families by increasing the ease of access to Arkansas Children’s Hospital while providing high-quality care. 
  • We have dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists, trained in delivering exactly the pain control your child needs.
  • Our specialized equipment offers children a more comfortable experience, from clinical exam to surgical suite and home care.
  • Ongoing research means our pediatric urologists are at the forefront of developments that will give each child the best chances for better urologic function.

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The Urology Clinic cares for children with problems involving the genitourinary system. Generally, these include congenital anomalies of the kidney, ureter, bladder, inguinal region and male and female genitalia, as well as urinary tract infections. Specific conditions treated include renal masses, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux, injuries to the genitourinary system, undescended testes, hydroceles, patent processus vaginalis and hypospadias.

Possible Conditions

  • Hydrocele
  • Hernia

Your Visit to the Urology Clinic

We understand that seeking treatment for a urological disorder can be stressful. Our Urology team provides families with every resource possible to make their treatment easier. Here’s what you can expect.

If you’re visiting the Urology Clinic, you may have been referred by your child’s primary pediatrician. We will have background on your child, but will appreciate any context you can provide.

  • It will be helpful to complete our standard medical history forms.
  • Please make sure you bring a list of your child's (the patient's) medications including medication name, dosage, and how often it's taken.
  • Please make sure you have your insurance card, ID, and any co-pay.
  • Ask your child’s primary care physician to fax us records about your child’s health to include test results related to the reason your child is coming in to see Urology.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Check-in at the Welcome touch screen in the clinic.
  • After registering in Urology Clinic with our Patient Access Representative, you will be assisted with signing up for MyChart. At Arkansas Children’s Hospital, MyChart is the secure online access to portions of your child’s medical records. You can securely communicate with the health care team about:
    • Your child's condition or test results
    • Request prescription renewals
    • View and track your child's immunization record

  • A nurse or tech will call you and your child back to an exam room where your child’s weight, height, and blood pressure will be taken. Your child also may be asked to urinate in a cup in a private bathroom, with your assistance if needed. Get more information about common urology tests and procedures.
  • A Urology provider will meet with you to go over family health history and perform a physical, which will be gentle and non-invasive. It will include a thorough exam of your child’s abdomen, pelvis and genitals.
  • After the visit, you will check-out at the front desk to receive a summary of your visit and to schedule a future appointment if needed.
If you have additional questions after your visit, you can call the Urology nurses’ line directly at 501-364-2632 or send a message to our team through MyChart.

Meet the Team

When your child visits the Urology service at Arkansas Children's, a world-class medical team will be ready to help.

Our specialists include three board-certified urologists, trained in state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical options. Our team of highly trained Advanced Practice Registered Nurses is experts in non-surgical pediatric urological issues. Your child will also benefit from specialty nurses who have trained in Urology.

Pediatric urologists at Arkansas Children’s have years of experience treating urology issues that are unique to childhood. They understand the delicate nature of children’s urologic systems and offer compassionate care of the highest standard.

Each urologist is board-certified and held a Urology fellowship before going into practice. All urologists perform robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical option. Our team members also dedicate time to care for children with spina bifida, chronic kidney disease, and disorders of sexual development.

Urology has 3 full-time nurse practitioners who are experts in non-surgical pediatric urological issues. Our nurse practitioners evaluate and treat children with problems such as urinary incontinence, nocturnal enuresis, and recurring urinary tract infections.

Our staff includes certified nurses with advanced training in the care of children with urologic complications. Patients’ families have access to their expertise.

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Children in our care benefit from far more than our expert physicians and nurses. They also have access to physical therapy, nutritionists, psychology support, child life specialists and a host of other services.

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When a child is having bladder or urinary tract problems, their parents want answers. Urology Services at Arkansas Children’s offers comprehensive testing designed to provide families with as much information as possible. A Child Life Specialist can work with patients having radiology studies. Common tests and procedures include:

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What if my child needs surgery?

Urology Services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital has repaired urological conditions for thousands of kids across the region. We provide delicate and comprehensive treatment that parents can trust.

If you think your child might need surgery, he or she will be evaluated by a urologist. You can make an appointment by contacting us or ask your pediatrician for a referral.

After evaluating your child through the Urology Clinic, our specialist will recommend the best course of treatment which may include surgery. They will explain the benefits and risks to you, creating a plan that works best for your family.

If surgery is required, a surgery scheduler will work with you and the surgeon to arrange a date. To schedule surgery, please call our office at 501-364-3960.

Urology Volumes & Outcomes

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Urology Service makes it a priority to provide volumes and outcomes to our patients, families, and providers. We track our outcomes to improve the care we provide. Our board certified, fellowship-trained Urologist performs over 1,300 operations per year and provide care for children through more than 7,500 visits for urologic treatment.

Over the past 6 years, Urology Services has performed 564 first and second-degree hypospadias surgeries with a 6.4% complication rate and 108 third-degree hypospadias surgeries with a 22.2% complication rate.

Urology Division Hypospadias Report Card (07/2012 - 06/2018)


1st and 2nd Degree

  • # of Surgeries: 564
  • Complication %: 6.4%

3rd Degree

  • # of Surgeries: 108
  • Complication %: 22.2%

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