When you need surgery, you want your surgeon to be the best of the best. Dr. Mandi Beman, the newest addition to the Minnesota Gynecology and Surgery team, is one of those surgeons. She completed a fellowship
at Harvard Medical School in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, one of only four physicians to do so (there are only 78 fellowship-trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons in the entire country). She has been working at the Edina-based office since 2008.
“We are proud to introduce Dr. Beman to the Twin Cities area,” says Dr. James Presthus, who cofounded Minnesota Gynecology and Surgery along with Dr. Edward Beadle in 2002. “Mandi is a very talented physician, focusing on advanced gynecological and surgical procedures.”
Dr. Douglas Soderberg and women’s health nurse practitioners Mary Bezek Heard and Tina Sonnek round out the talented Minnesota Gynecology and Surgery staff.
The physicians don’t deal with life-threatening medical conditions like cardiovascular disease or cancer, but the common problems their patients suffer from—heavy bleeding, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and fibroids—can easily “steal your life” if left untreated, says Dr. Presthus.
“They rob you of the joy of living because of the limits they place on you both physically and mentally,” he says. “We offer simple solutions to problems that affect millions of women, but unfortunately, many women don’t know these options exist.”
Some of those treatment options include laparoscopic hysterectomies, DaVinci robotic surgeries, urinary incontinence procedures, Essure (permanent birth control), endometrial ablations for heavy periods, and chronic pelvic pain.
Dr. Beadle says a smaller, more concentrated focus sets them apart, allowing the staff to provide the best service to their patients.
“Nationwide, less than 3 percent of OB/GYNs limit their practice to gynecology patients only,” he explains.
One of the most exciting changes in the field is the fact that physicians can perform innovative in-office procedures once performed only in hospital operating rooms.
“When I do a procedure in my office, it’s the exact same procedure using the exact same equipment performed by the same physician on the same patient, the only difference is the site of service,” explains Dr. Presthus. “Most of these procedures can be performed in 5 to 15 minutes and the patient is in and out of the office in less than an hour for a fraction of the cost [of going to a hospital].”
When it comes to gynecology, certain problems can get worse because women are reluctant to come forward with health issues they may find embarrassing, and it shouldn’t be that way. The physicians encourage women to be their own healthcare advocates and seek out all treatment options. With the treatments available today, it’s not necessary to suffer.