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The Gynocast is a podcast featuring Board Certified OB/GYN Dr. Eric Heegaard and Twila Dang. Dr. Eric and Twila discuss anything and everything about women's physical and emotional health and well-being. Eric brings over twenty years of medical experience and a passion to empower women to take charge of their health
A spinoff of our popular podcast, The Gynocast. Endometriosis “Warrior” Britt Thelemann Pangerl and Dr. Eric Heegaard discuss the many dimensions of living with and treating Endometriosis.
Dr. Eric Heegaard is a Minnesota based Gynecologic Surgeon whose surgical practice has been on the forefront of minimally invasive gynecology for over 2 decades. He was one of the first surgeons in the twin cities to perform a laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy (removing the uterus while leaving the cervix in place) and was the first surgeon at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy using the Davinci Robot. Dr. Heegaard was one of the first gynecologic surgeons in Minnesota credentialed to use the Davinci Robot and has served as a proctor for other gynecologists training to use the Davinci system.
His clinical passion is in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and his mission is to increase awareness among patients, the general public, and the medical community of this condition.
Dr. Heegaard’s interest in minimally invasive management of fibroids (benign uterine tumors) led him to start the Midwest Fibroid Treatment Center, the first of its kind in Minnesota.
His focus has transitioned exclusively to pelvic pain Dr. Heegaard’s surgical practice has evolved from broad gynecologic practice, with the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids, infertility, bladder incontinence, and cosmetic gynecology. Now exclusively focused on pelvic pain & endometriosis
What our patients say about Dr. Heegaard
“I am 51 and had put off getting my 5 large fibroids removed for years. I also have a history of endometriosis and have some scar tissue and adhesions on my left ovary. Despite the increasing amount of pain and discomfort I was feeling over the years, I was anxious about having surgery. I did a tremendous amount of research and Dr. Heegaard's name kept reappearing as someone who was not simply a talented doctor and surgeon but also a caring individual. I met with him and we thoroughly discussed all options. He recommended I have a hysterectomy using the DaVinci procedure which I had in November. I couldn't be happier with the results! Dr. Heegaard is unmatched in his field. I found him to be both humble and confident, very funny and immensely capable. I would recommend Dr. Heegaard and his DaVinci procedure to anyone--he's clearly an expert and my healing was faster than even he projected. Top notch. I feel better now than I have in years. I am so grateful that I found him. Thank you Dr. Heegaard!”
“Dr. Heegaard is a phenomenal doctor for women's care. He is a specialist in excision and treatment of endometriosis. I suffered with terrible pain and unknowns for 3 years from so many doctors until I found Dr. Heegaard. From the moment he walked into the room for my consultation he had a plan, he had questions but more importantly he wanted to know me. He touched base on several aspects of my life to verify that the symptoms were due to endo. He then also brought up the fact that I also have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Together we came up with a treatment plan and I am thrilled to say that after my surgery with him, I was pain free! It was a huge relief to not have to use the ER anymore as well as so many other daily tasks that were impossible before the surgery. I owe my health to Dr. Heegaard and his staff. You can't find a more professional and personable care team in the midwest.”
“I had surgery with Dr Heegaard in Jan for endometriosis and suspected adenomyosis. I ended up having a total abdominal hysterectomy. After my first appointment I felt completely comfortable with him. It was an amazing feeling to find a dr that not only believed that I was in constant pain, but he also tried to find out why. After an mri suspecting adenomyosis, he presented me with all of my options, let me know that if I did choose to have surgery it would not be an easy surgery. He took every precaution and had a colorectal surgeon and a urologist in the operating room with him. At this point I know I am still recovering, but I cannot tell you how much better I feel! He is very knowledgeable, understanding and compassionate. I cannot thank him enough!”
“Dr. Heegaard's skill and knowledge is hard to come by in the world of OBGYN's. More importantly, he listens and cares. After so many terrible experiences with inept OBGYN's and getting nowhere for a solution I was able to find Dr. Heegaard. I had severe endometriosis and other doc's 'solutions' for my case told me they knew nothing about the disease and were not skilled in excision. Dr. Heegaard is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. I was able to work with Heegaard and decide what I wanted to do with my body, not what other doctors told me to do. I am forever grateful to Dr. Heegaard for being able to excise all the endo. He gave me my life back. This is a horrible disease which affects so many women and I was lucky to find him when I did. He listens and understands better than any other doc I have ever seen. I would recommend him for any woman experiencing gynecological issues.”
“I have my life back. I have endometriosis and had excision surgery with Dr. Heegaard. I've spent years in pain with terrible care from multiple doctors; Dr. Heegaard gave me my life back. I happily drive 70 miles one way for appointments.”
Best Physicians for Women. Minnesota Monthly Magazine
America's Top OB-GYNs. Consumer Research Council (2010)
Patients' Choice Award
(2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award
(2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition
(2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2016)
Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)
Dr. Heegaard has been described by his patients and colleagues as having a rare blend of superb surgical skills with a caring, gentle personality.
As gynecologic surgery becomes more specialized, trust your care to a surgeon who is leading the way in minimally invasive treatment.