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Urology Programs & Services

Arkansas Children's Urology offers families a high standard of care that unites multiple services in one program. This reduces the amount of time that children will need to spend seeking treatment for their conditions. Our multidisciplinary services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings form the most comprehensive pediatric urology program in the state.  

We treat families throughout the continuum of childhood, from prenatal visits for mothers to transitional care for teenagers. Whether voiding disorders or urinary tract infections, bladder dysfunction or hypospadias, Arkansas Children’s Urology creates the best outcomes for our patients through compassionate care that focuses on a healthier tomorrow.

Urology Clinic

Children statewide have access to comprehensive outpatient care through the Urology Clinic. Our clinic sees patients at Arkansas Children's Northwest in Springdale, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock and at regional clinics in Jonesboro and Texarkana. The patients receive treatment for a variety of conditions involving the genitourinary system, including anomalies of the kidney, ureter, bladder and inguinal region. We also treat urinary tract infections, incontinence, dysfunctional voiding, enuresis and neurogenic dysfunction of the bladder.

Hypospadias Repair

Hypospadias is a common condition in which the meatus, or opening from which a boy urinates, forms elsewhere – usually the underside of his penis. Recent research conducted at Arkansas Children’s Hospital indicates this condition occurs in nearly 1 percent of boys born in the state. Our surgeons have undergone extensive training in the repair of hypospadias and perform dozens of them each year.

Robotic Surgery

Arkansas Children’s Urology has three surgeons trained in minimally invasive robotic surgery for pediatric patients – a rarity among medical centers. This technology improves how surgeons see as they repair the delicate urinary system and provides better dexterity, resulting in improved outcomes. By having three surgeons trained in this area, we are able to treat more children and offer shorter wait times for repairs. Robotic surgery also reduces pain and scarring. Our program performs about 40 surgeries each year using this tool.

Spina Bifida Clinic

Arkansas has a large spina bifida population. Children with spina bifida are born with an opening in their spine, often affecting their urinary tract. Our Urology team works closely with other specialists, including neurosurgeons, orthopedists, nutritionists and physical and occupational therapists, making it easier for families to have all of their child’s medical needs addressed.

In STEP Clinic (In Support, Teamwork, Education and Partnership)

Compassion is the cornerstone of our program for children with diagnoses related to sexual development. Arkansas Children’s is committed to offering genuine support in a nurturing environment for these patients.

Our mission is to provide children and their families with the tools to overcome the challenges of their diagnoses. Families whose children have ambiguous genitalia will find support, teamwork, education and partnership for their journey in this comprehensive specialty clinic. The specially trained team that treats your child includes psychologists, urologists, geneticists and endocrinologists, as well as a host of support services. Treatment options may include medications or surgery, and some conditions do not require intervention.

The multidisciplinary In STEP Clinic provides evaluation and care for the following:

  • Anomalies of genetic sex differentiation
  • Atypical development of external genitalia
  • Gonadal differentiation
  • Differentiation of the internal sex ducts
  • Incomplete development of sex anatomy

We are grateful for the opportunity to care for your child and help them fulfill their promise. Primary care physicians refer patients to the In STEP Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.