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Urologist begins Clinic Days at MHP

Urologist Aaron Smith, DO, begins Clinic Days at Mahaska Health Partnership

Mahaska Health Partnership is pleased to welcome Urologist Aaron Smith, DO, who will be providing services on the MHP campus every Thursday.

“There is a big need for urology services in this area,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen said. “The addition of Dr. Smith is just one more way we are working to meet the healthcare needs of our community close home.”

 Dr. Smith began practicing at Surgical Associates of Grinnell in July 2010 with Dr. Russell Bandstra. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive procedures to treat urinary tract diagnoses.

Dr. Smith received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in Urology from Des Moines University and fulfilled his residencies in Michigan. His Bachelor’s Degree was completed at Central College in Pella. “I always wanted to return home to practice. I enjoy the people here and know there is a great need for urologists in the area,” Dr. Smith said.

Urology is a medical specialty which deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs. Specialists treat diagnoses related to the kidneys, bladder and adrenal glands. Treatments can range from medication to physical therapy and surgery. “I strive to use the least invasive forms of treatment for all patients,” Dr. Smith explained.

Dr. Smith said he sees a number of patients for overactive bladder which occurs when the bladder signals the brain that it needs to be emptied too frequently. “The average woman urinates seven times per day; if a person has to go more often than that, they may have overactive bladder.

“Most people experience overactive bladder because the muscles of the bladder involuntarily contract,” Dr. Smith explained.  The contraction signals the urgent need to urinate. Often the need is purely sensory meaning you don’t actually have to go to the bathroom.”

Other common diagnoses that can be treated by a Urologist include blood in the urine, enlarged prostate, incontinence and kidney stones. “Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that form in the kidneys,” Dr. Smith said. “They can cause severe pain when they move into the small tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder.”

According to Dr. Smith, symptoms of kidney stones include severe pain in the side and back, pain during urination, fever and chills and a persistent need to urinate. “Not all of these symptoms will be present and many can be mistaken for something else. There are many treatment options available for kidney stones but the most important factor is to come in as soon as you notice symptoms.

Dr. Smith said he is excited to begin practicing at MHP. “There is a great network of medical providers available here and I look forward to continuing to partner with them.”

Appointments will be available with Dr. Smith on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa beginning Thursday, August 25. To make an appointment, call 641-236-4323 or 866-613-4323.