Reviews for Bernita M. Berntsen, MD


Back in September 2029 I had to have my stomach and esophagus removed due to a faulty Nissen Fundoplication Wrap. I had been to the Mayo Clinic and heard some disrespectful remarks from surgeons there, and was about to go to Florida when I found out about dr Bernsten. She is the best. She saved my life and I am forever blessed that she is my surgeon.

   — LORI Davis-Hines


Dr. Berntsen has changed my life! I have been struggling with my weight since I was a child (a long, long time ago), and Dr. Berntsen has given me so many healthy options for living a different life.

   — Mark Baum


Dr. Berntsen has been my Surgeon since 2012. She did my weight loss surgery, my skin removal, exploratory surgeries, etc. I'm a current patient of Dr. Berntsen's. I am looking at another surgery in the near future as well. She has taken care of me through many hospitalizations and complications due to my high risk medical history as well. She helped give me my life back through my weight loss surgery in 2012. I had suffered lung damage from being in a coma for 3 weeks from H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009. I could barely walk 10 feet without having trouble breathing after the coma and was in a wheelchair. I could write pages about the things she has done for me in the last 10 years. Trust if you need a surgeon, Dr. Berntsen is an excellent surgeon who cares about you, your outcome, well-being and makes you a priority.

   — Jessica Bingham


I had no complications from my surgery that was performed. more than 10 years ago. My weight is now stable with a healthy BMI, Type 2 Diabetes was reversed. I no longer have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea. Joint pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis greatly reduced and is manageable without medication. Dr Berntsen is not only an excellent surgeon but she takes great care to equip patients with the instruction needed to maintain the weight loss and remain healthy. My quality of life is improved 100 percent. Dr Berntsen is an outstanding and highly skilled surgeon who follows patients thoroughly after the surgery to address any concerns that may arise. I highly recommend Dr Berntsen and her amazing staff!

   — Lynn A.


Dr. Berntsen just operated on my 5 week old baby yesterday morning. All staff at the hospital told us she was the absolute best! She took time to really chat with us, give us the plan, reassurance, and did an exceptional job. It is hard to let your tiny baby be wheeled away for an operation, but I knew he was in the best hands!

   — Crystal Johnson


Dr. Berntsen did an excellent job of explaining exactly what she would be doing during my surgery and made sure I understood. She listens and answers all my questions in a patient manner. She's great and I totally recommend her!

   — Linda Cordero


Dr Berntsen has excellent bedside manner. Discussed problems I have been having. Made sugestion & answered questions I have been having.

   — Carol Weland


Dr. Bernsten is a caring physician who explains things in terms I can understand. When I needed surgery 5 years ago I knew she was the surgeon I wanted because I knew others who had been pleased with her. When I needed surgery again this past November I again chose her. Her office staff and nurses are great too!! She is a great surgeon - I’m very pleased with the outcome.

   — Nancy Liskey


She is so knowledgeable in so many areas. A brilliant surgeon.

   — Cathy


She did my weight loss surgery in 2015 and did an awesome job! She is very caring about her patients and takes time to listen to them. I highly recommend her and her staff.

   — Linda Paro


I've had a wonderful experience with Dr. Berntsen. She explains things, listens to what you have to say and answers your questions. Great bedside manner and I would recommend her to anyone.

   — Linda


My wife needed emergency surgery on November 29. Dr. Bernita Berntsen was assigned to us. We could not have asked for a more caring and professional surgeon, let alone skilled. We are grateful she was there for us.

   — Michael Jamison


She is a great surgeon & wonderful & kind. The surgeries she has done on me have all been made easier by her kind & professional bedside manner. She takes her time, explains thoroughly & answers all questions, no matter how simple or hard. I hope I never need another surgery, but if I do she will always be my first choice.

   — K From Topeka


Answer my questions and provided incite for my condition.

   — Kathy A Russell


Dr Bernsten is awesome, great listener,and good bedside manner's, I would recommend her anytime along with the Doctors in her practice!

   — Deborah A Hutchison


She is the best surgeon that saved my life. Been clear to the Mayo Clinic and KU Med and had no results til I met her. Had my stomach and esophagus removed and wouldn’t have lived if they wasn’t removed. I am forever grateful for Dr Bernsten!

   — Lori Davis-Hines


Wonderful caring Dr. Very thoughtful and thorough follow through. Highly recommend.

   — State Of Kansass


I had a pancreatic diversion with duodenal switch weight loss surgery in 2008. I lost and have maintained a 300-pound weight loss. I had no complications from surgery and it was done laparoscopically at a point when other surgeons would not do open surgery. Dr. Berntsen saved my life and I would highly recommend her as a surgeon.

   — JMP


Fantastic surgeon and great staff

   — Sue Crawford


Most caring and compassionate doctor/ surgeon I have ever had. You aren’t just a number or a short 15min “only time allowed “ appointment. She cares about her patients and remembers her patients and take her time to provide the best care you could ever receive. I had an urgent situation 9/2/2019- Labor Day. No place was open so had to go to ER. I ended up in very urgent and lengthy emergency surgery. Dr. Hu was surgeon on call who rushed in to hospital to perform surgery and called two teams of people in to assist with the urgent situation. Was in surgery until very late at night. It Dr.B was at my bedside very early , just hours after my surgery checking on me and came every day I was in the hospital despite her not being on call. Never gotten more than above care from Dr.B!!

   — Brenda Mason


Dr Berntsen is an outstanding surgeon. She is able to do most surgeries with the least invasive procedures. She has been the surgeon I request if I know I'm going to have something done. I love Dr Berntsen and would recommend her to everyone.

   — Roberta


In 2009, I went in for emergency surgery, she got me in immediately and on surgery day she saved me for last I was told and had colleagues on stand by. I had an adrenal glad laparoscopic removed that turned out as cancer. She got it all out and it never ruptured. She told me I was her first adrenal removal that was cancer and it’s been 10 years and I have had no reoccurrence. On the adrenal Cancer. Highly recommend

   — Connie Graf


She is the best doctor I have every had. I have had several surgeries and I would give her a 5 star for her skills, knowledge and bed side manner. Very grateful for all she has helped me with over the years. You will find no one better than her.

   — John Grace


Great surgeon.

   — Richard Winkler


Dr. Berntsen did my laparoscopic DS surgery in 2008 when no one else would even do an open surgery because of my weight. No complications at all. I have no doubt that the surgery saved my life. She was very thorough and very professional.

   — Jeanne Phillips


Dr. Bernsten is one of the top notch surgeons you'll ever have the pleasure of having her take care of your surgical needs. She performed my RNY gastric bypass and the ONLY "trouble" I experienced was with the pain medicine immediately post op. I had never had Duilodid and for some reason unknown it shut off my plumbing. So, instead of the 3 day stay mine was 5. The day of surgery I weighed 498lbs with a BMI of 62!! Today, I'm a healthy 180-195lbs depending on the time of year. I could benefit from having my excess skin removed which would put me in the 160-170lbs range which is where I "should be" but in Dr. Bernsten's eyes I actually am. I've had vascular surgeries from Dr. Bernsten and her level of professionalism is, always has been and I KNOW always will be top notch. Having worked in the medical field myself, unfortunately some surgeons think they sit on the right hand side of God. Dr. Bernsten isn't one of "those". She'll have a line of patients in the waiting room but when she's with you, she's with you. To me, that's above and beyond top notch medical care. She truly believes in what she's doing and is a lady who truly loves her job. Thank you Dr.Bernsten for not only saving my life but reminding me that my life has meaning and I have value.

   — Jennifer Smith


She is very caring. She is good at what she does and she is not surgery happy. She is willing to try other avenues first.

   — Holly J


Dr Berntsen saved my life. She is wonderful, skilled and committed doctor with the highest of awards and education. She has personally worked on 3 hernias,one of which collapsed a lung and put 450cc of water in the surrounding pleura, and an advanced RNY which included a gastronomy. She watched over me for 6 weeks while I recovered from peritonitis in the hospital and has been my rock all along with my husband and her staff. Owe her and staff my life, and will be eternally grateful that a skilled physician such as her was available in my time of need.

   — Ann Shortt


I love Dr Berntsen and would reccommend her to anyone needing or wanting bariatric/ gastric care or surgery. The predominance of her staff is knowledgeable and takes time to listen to your concerns. I have only had one staff member give me any grief by contridicting her verbal orders. Dr B herself is compassionate, giving and driven to provide the best quality care. I feel she personally saved my life several times. I have referred her to any who ask, and I am proud to be in her care.

   — Topeka, KS

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