Dr. Mark Hoepfner

Surgery
Las Vegas , NV
41 years experience male

Locations

Mark T. Hoepfner, MD, FACS

Las Vegas , NV

Address

700 Shadow Lane, Suite 335, Las Vegas , NV
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

7023828522

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

Great-West Healthcare

UNICARE

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Mark Hoepfner, MD, FACS obtained B.S. cum laude in Chemistry at Seattle University B.S. Biology (Biochemistry) at University of Washington. This was followed by MD degree at University of Washington. He trained in General Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN & did did a research Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has practiced in Las Vegas, NV for over 20 years, receiving local Las Vegas Top Doctor honors in 2004, 2012 2013. He specializes in individualized, thorough, and detailed care for patients with potential surgical problems. Special interest in laparoscopic surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgical conditions. He works to evaluate each person in detail, and to include their family physician and other treating physicians in each patient's care and management.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Surgery

General Surgery

Licenses

United States: Nevada

Doctor Q&A

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
See below: A bowel obstruction is a terminology to describe an intestinal blockage. There can be small intestinal blockage or large intestinal blockage. There ar... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
See below: There are a variety of causes, depending on how long you have had it. Gallbladder condition can have repeated episodes over months. Gastritis can caus... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Rare: Cancers of most any type usually occurs later in life, but cancer can occur at any age, from childhood onward. Colon cancer is more likely after age 5... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: It is one of the most common operations performed in the US, for hernia repair surgery.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
No: A person can usually return to most normal activities and exercises after about 6 weeks following an abdominal surgery, unless there was something unu... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Cardiac Surgeon: A specialist in cardiac (heart) surgery is the specialist who you should see. A cardiology specialist likely would know who is a good surgeon in your ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Find the cause: You need to find the cause. See a primary care doctor. Possibilities can be from primary liver failure, to pancreatic mass, to gallstones with bile du... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
What stone?: Need more information. Kidney stones can sometimes be treated by shock wave therapy. Gallstones are only treated with surgery if they are causing you ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Upper abdomen: Hiatal hernia is a bulge of the upper stomach into the chest region. It occurs through the hiatus in the diaphragm muscle, through the passage space f... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Risks of mortality from major abdominal surgery generally are very low, but it primarily depends on one's overalll health, medical risks & if there is... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
See below: Hemorrhoids are normal benign veins of the anal canal that may enlarge or bleed. They are not cancerous. Colon cancer is a malignant tumor that can oc... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Yes if needed: Surgery can remove ovarian cysts, but they can also return even after surgery. Laparoscopic surgery can be used in some cases, and i believe that ther... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: It is uncommon, but an infection can occur after any surgery.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
No: True "lockjaw" is something very seldom seen anymore. It is a very serious result of a life threatening tetanus infection. Most of us receive tetanus ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Cell type: Different cancers behave differently. Some cancers rarely spread, and other spread or metastasize more easily. Some cancer cells can get into the bloo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
How it looks: Usually a surgical site will have slowly decreasing pain, no excess swelling, and no excess redness or drainage. There will normally be mild swelling ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
See a surgeon: Medical treatment with antibiotics & soaking in warm bath water may help temporarily. See a surgeon if you need an infection drained or if a surgical ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Various: Depends on one's symptoms. Ultrasound techniques can break them, other stones are left alone if not causing problems. Some invasive urology procedures... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Often umbilical hernias are observed until your child is about 2 years old. It depends if it is growing. Some umbilical hernias can resolve by age 2, ... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Urologist: I am sure that there likely would be a urology specialist in your area to contact, or ask your family physician. If it is a very urgent problem such a... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Slow activity: Heat the area (such as bath, heating pad, jacuzzi), slow stretching and light exercises, gradually increase activities, rest when it becomes uncomfort... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Different sites: One of the most common sites for ovarian cancer to spread is to the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) or to the fatty covering over the abdo... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Slowly increase: Gradually increase your activity with your doctor's approval. Walking and gradual light exercises that do not strain the area that had surgery can be ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Different organs: A fatty liver is a condition where excess fat cells build up in the liver and can negatively affect the function of the liver. In bad cases it can som... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Can perform most all normal activities but refrain from doing things that make the hernia painful or uncomfortable. You may not be able to run at full... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Appendicitis is highly variable and is very different for each person. For some people the abdominal pain begins all over the abdomen region and then ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Can be: If performed in the right person for the right condition and right reason. Reports indicate many people still need antacid or other acid reducing med... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Pain fever: Upper abdominal and right upper abdomen pain (pain can be severe), maybe fever, vomiting, nausea, sometimes yellow jaundice or pancreatitis.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Alright: Should be fine to return to all normal activities and exercises once you are fully healed and released to such activities by your surgeon.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Did you take the medicine as directed or more than prescribed? Most major pains are gone after about 3 days from laparoscopic surgery. If you are havi... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Combined: Treatments involve surgical lumpectomy to remove the lesion, possible lymph node removal depending on size & stage if the lesion, possible chemotherap... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Cancer: Cancer of any organ is an invasion & growing if abnormal cells that grow & spread. Stomach cancer can result in bleeding ulcer, pain, vomiting, inabil... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Could be benign fibrocystic disease, benign fibroadenona, or benign breast cyst. Breast cancer can be a firm breast lump. Painful abscess or infection... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Abnormal bacteria: ...Build up in the colon with bad bacteria clostridium difficele forming. Usually occurs after exposure to antibiotics that reduce your normal colon b... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Not aware: I am not aware that vitamin or mineral supplements help in ulcerative colitis.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Treat infection: Diverticulitis is an infection of small out-pouches that form on the outside of the colon or large intestine. Needs to be treated with antibiotics. Pr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Varies: What type of hernia? Usually an outpatient surgery for a minor hernia, a few days of moderate discomfort treated with pain medication, no heavy work o... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Eat smart & healthy: Eat healthy foods, avoid white rice, noodles, potatoes, french fires, junk food. Eat high fiber, healthy fruits & vegetables. Drink plenty of water or... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Colonoscopy: Will look for tumors or polyps in the colon. Most common cause of bleeding may be from hemorrhoids or anal fissure that may not be seen well on colono... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Varies: It depends on what the prior surgery was. If there was a significant amount of the colon removed or much of the right colon removed, then there could ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Dead tissue: Ischemic or dead tissue that is not getting enough blood supply for oxygen & nutrition to the site, maybe from combination of poor blood supply and in... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Are the gallstones causing symptoms of nausea or discomfort? What type of hernia is being repaired? Is hernia mesh being used? Sometimes performing 2 ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Low blood flow: Calcification & narrowing or blockage of the very smallest arteries results in low blood flow, low oxygen, and low nutrition to the site. Most common ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Sounds like: You have injured yourself some way, causing discomfort & bruising. Are you on blood thinners like aspirin, Plavix or coumadin (warfarin)? If so you ne... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: The external beam radiation treatments that she is receiving has no affectt on others around her, so you would be fine.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Hard to know: Without more medical history & a physical examination. Possibilities would include gallstones, gastritis, stomach ulcer, pancreatitis, etc. Do not kno... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Examination?: Have you seen a family doctor or a dermatologist for this condition? Hidradenitis is a condition of recurrent deep skin infections in groins or axilla... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Normal anatomy: Hemorrhoid veins are normal anatomy at the anal opening. These normal veins can develop enlargement or irritation from constipation & straining at the... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe: But internal pressure pains from gallstones causing irritation of the gallbladder may have limited relief from external heat. Can try ibuprofen. Avoid... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Pain: Discomfort and bulge or swelling are the most common symptoms of a hernia hernias are most common in the groins in men & sometimes at the umbilical ar... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 19, 2014
An excellent resource for patients and an asset to healthtap. Anybody who takes their personal time, to answer patient questions and does so without anything in return is fine by me.
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Excellent information provided through AVVO.Com as a public service. Very knowledgable with concise and helpful responses.
Nov 3, 2012
very knowledgable and quick responses. We need more doctors like Dr. Hoepfner. Excellent. Excellent!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I just had hernia repair and when the Dr. went in I had two . He had to put two drains and about 20 to 30 staples . This is very painful
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u sir for ur reply.i went for USG scrotum and abdomen for right side scrotal discomfort.found mild glbladder wall edema.ne wys thnk u
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have gall stones and attacks.also,neck scan,past oct.measured left side 4.3cm-3.8cm. Right side is 3.4-2.3transverse. Presently growing ..

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

MAYO CLINIC

Awards

Fellow American College of Surgeons, Diplomate American Board of Surgery, Cancer Liaison American College of Surgeons
Diplomate American Board of Surgery
Who's Who in the World

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Board of Surgery
Southwestern Surgical College

Publications

Pacing the Canine Ileostomy
Pacing the Canine Ileostomy (Abstract)
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