Laura M. Foot, MD
Dr. Laura M. Foot feels right at home in the male-dominated specialty of urology. That’s appropriate, since she’s one of only two female urologists in the state.
Urology was her field of choice because this specialty, dealing with all issues of the urinary system, requires problem-solving skills. As a surgeon, she also appreciates its variety. “I’ll do something under the microscope,” she said, “and the next case is a big, open surgery where you’re removing kidney cancer.”
Dr. Foot specializes in enlarged prostates, overactive bladders and urinary-related cancer, particularly of the prostate.
Dr. Foot earned a B.S. in chemistry, as well as a M.S. in biological chemistry, from the University of Utah. While there, she was a research fellow in hematology and oncology at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics. She has also conducted research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Moran Eye Center, resulting in published peer-reviewed scholarly articles.
She earned her M.D. at the U of U School of Medicine, where she stayed for her residency in urologic surgery.
Dr. Foot, a native of Kaysville and resident of Fruit Heights, is married with two children.
What patients are saying about Dr. Foot
“Dr. Foot has a way of inspiring trust in the people she meets. She is knowledgeable, has an excellent bedside manner and is exceedingly professional.” — Google+, March 11, 2015
“Dr. Foot has a way of inspiring trust like no other physician I’ve ever known. She’s very professional, yet able to relate effectively one-on-one. I highly recommend her, especially if you’ve been treated by less than stellar physicians in the past. With her you are in good hands.” — Lloyd on Vitals.com, March 6, 2015
“Best doctor that I have ever been to. Went in for a vasectomy and immediately made to feel at ease. Highly recommend!” — RateMDs.com, June 2, 2014
“Iwould recommend Dr. Foot to everyone! She is fantastic, kind and professional. When my husband’s surgery didn’t go exactly as planned, she came out and didn’t just tell me what happened, she cried with me. . . . She got to know us and treat us not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. I would have no one else working on the people I love. This woman is amazing! Love her!” — Tana on Vitals.com, April 14, 2014
“The nurses in Dr. Foot’s office are the best we’ve ever seen! They were really fantastic and you can tell they care about their patients.” — Facebook, May 16, 2014
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Dr. Foot discusses the MonaLisa Touch
Dr. Laura Foot visited with Good 4 Utah on Dec. 2, 2016 to discuss the benefits of the Mona Lisa procedure. Click the link below for the full video footage:
Tanner Clinic has added a leading edge treatment to resolve gynecologic health issues often caused by menopause. The MonaLisa Touch, an in-office procedure that is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia, received FDA clearance 2014. Tanner Clinic physicians Steven Meek and Laura Foot are two of the first physicians in Utah to offer the treatment, which uses a special fractional CO2 laser designed to help postmenopausal women as well as breast cancer survivors.
“The MonaLisa is a new formulated laser. A lot of research has gone into this treatment and the laser is specifically formulated to treat vaginal and vulvar skin,” explained Dr. Meek.
The treatment can be used to treat a variety of conditions facing women. Nearly 85 percent of women report an increased quality of life after the procedure is complete.
“We use [the MonaLisa] to treat the surface of the vaginal tissue to rejuvenate it. It brings back all the collagen and all of the elastin,” Dr. Foot said. “It’s a fast, simple and safe treatment. There’s no downtime.”
Those who struggle with reoccurring urinary tract infections, mild stress incontinence, mild urgency and frequency are also candidates for this procedure.
“Other patients who would benefit from the MonaLisa laser treatments have pain with intercourse, they may have frequent bladder or vaginal infections,” said Dr. Meek. “They may have irritation or dryness of skin, or may have special dermatological conditions of the vagina or vulva.”
One of the perks of this procedure is that it can be done in-office. “It takes 5 minutes start to finish,” said Dr. Foot, “Recovery is quick. You walk out the door and you can go about your business.”
Another benefit is the lack of side effects and contraindications. “There have been over 25,000 MonaLisa procedures performed in the United States and Europe and to date there have been no significant side effects,” Dr. Meek said.
“These medical conditions that we’ve talked about are kind of difficult for patients to bring up with their doctors,” Dr. Meek said. “If you have any of these problems, please call us because we can help. This is a new and exciting treatment that works.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Foot or Dr. Meek, call (801) 773-4865 or visit tannerclinic.com.
- Cystoscopy (endoscopy of the urinary bladder via the urethra)
- Bladder scan
- Uroflow (a test of urine flow rate)
- MonaLisa Touch (procedure for women)
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (for kidney stones)
- Ureteral stent placement and removal
- Prostate biopsy
- Urinary incontinence surgery
- Ureteroscopy (for kidney stone removal)
- Transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)
- Laser Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
- Penile cryosurgery (localized cancer treatment)
- Prostate cancer screening
- Scrotal surgery, such as forhydroceles
- Brachytherapy cancer treatment
- Meatotomy, to open the urethra further
- Urethral stricture dilation
- BCG and anticarcinogenic instillation for bladder cancer
- Treatment of testicular cancer
UroLift Treatment For Benign Enlarged Prostate BPH
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist.
What is the UroLift® System?
The UroLift® System is a new, minimally invasive approach to treating BPH for patients looking for an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. The UroLift System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Clinical data has proven that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective and can improve BPH symptoms 3 to 4 times greater than with medication. Results have shown durability to two years with no impact to sexual function. The goal is to relieve you of bothersome urinary symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume daily activities.
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.
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Overactive Bladder? Maybe You're Not Regular, Says Tanner Urologist
Patients come in for their No. 1 problem: overactive bladder. Many are taken aback when they discover the cause. Surprisingly, says Dr. Laura Foot, urologist at Tanner Clinic, constipation is frequently the cause of an overactive and leaky bladder.
“Constipation has an unbelievable effect on incontinence, infections and overactive bladder symptoms,” says Dr. Foot. She sees patients seeking help for bladder issues such as urgency peeing or incontinence, a bladder that’s too active or never quite empty, or a bladder that frequently becomes infected.
“If I can fix somebody’s constipation, I can virtually eliminate their infections and I will improve their leaking if it’s from urgency frequency,” she says.
Issue is bladder’s location
The reason constipation is often the culprit, said Dr. Foot, is that the rectum is located just behind the bladder and they share many of the same nerves. Constipation can agitate those nerves, resulting in spasms that cause frequent urination. Also, a distended rectum can physically interfere with the emptying of the bladder.
“The rectum can prevent you from emptying your bladder all the way,” said Dr. Foot. “So you’re always holding on to a little bit (of urine) and always feeling you have to go to relieve that pressure.”
Dr. Foot is very straightforward about the touchy issues associated with constipation. When patients visit for bladder issues, she says, “one of the first questions I ask is: Do you poop every day and is it soft and squishy?”
“I can usually make someone feel comfortable very quickly, so we can get down to the nitty-gritty stuff,” she said. “There’s no point in hiding anything. The patient wants to get better and I want them to get better, so we try to create a relationship where we can facilitate that quickly.”
Prostate can obstruct bladder
That straight talk is important for another common reason behind frequent urination: an enlarged prostate.
As men age, the prostate gland grows — it happens to everyone. And sometimes that enlarged prostate obstructs the bladder, she said.
“When your bladder is being obstructed, it’s having to work hard,” said Dr. Foot. “The bladder is a muscle and when it works hard, it kind of panics. It becomes more prone to spasms because it doesn’t want to get very full and knows it can’t generate a squeeze.” The result is frequent urination or leakage.
Real reason you’re up at night
An overactive bladder also takes the blame for those individuals who make the trek between bed and bathroom multiple times each night.
However, the culprit is not an overactive bladder, said Dr. Foot. “Sleep apnea is the No. 1 reason I see people get up to pee multiple times in the middle of the night,” she said. “They blame their bladder — it’s not their bladder.”
On a side note, she adds, people may not realize that it’s normal to get up one or two times a night to urinate. Plus, “as you age, your kidneys don’t concentrate urine as well so you’re going to physically make more urine,” she said. “And that’s translates into you making more pee at night.”
In the Media
Dr. Foot discusses options when considering a vasectomy in “Is a Vasectomy Right for You?” published by the Standard Examiner on March 27, 2015.