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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 second Eric Heegaard at OBGYN West in EP. He is FANTASTIC! He spent over an hour talking to me my first visit making sure I understood everything - even drawing me diagrams. I've never known a dr. who would spend that much time you, making sure all of your questions were answered and that you were comfortable with everything before you left. He also really listens to your concerns and addresses them rather than being condescending. He's incredibly kind, patient and knowledgeable. I was a little nervous about going to a male OBGYN, but he put me at ease and now I would drive hours to see him if I ever moved away.”
“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.”
“Dr. Heegaard is the best. He was there for me and my husband with any questions that we had. He took all the time that we needed and didn't push us out the door. If he didn't know the answere, he would not make something up. He would do research and let you know what he found. He was very thoughtful during my very hard pregnancy. He gave us all the options, pros and cons, and let us choose the best way to continue. If something didn't work, we went back to the drawing board together. He is very caring and if you are looking for someone who can bring light to a stressful situation, he's your Doc. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Dr. Heegaard and I wish that he could deliver all my babies!!! We moved and we are having a hard time finding someone who can compare with Dr. Heegaard.”
“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.”
“I had been suffering from painful periods for several years that only continued to get worse as time went on. I had visited a few OB docs and my PCP before meeting Dr. Heegaard. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be Dr. Heegaard's patient. He is extremely compassionate and knowledgeable with exemplary bedside manner! We discussed possible treatment options and he was respectful of my final decision of having endometrial excision. I am happy with my decision and forever grateful to Dr. Heegaards skills!”
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.