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Dr. Mark Hoepfner

Surgery
Las Vegas , NV
40 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

Wednesday: 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
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Surgery

General Surgery

Licenses

United States: Nevada

Doctor Q&A

2.4K Answers
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
No: I know of no association of splenectomy surgery causing leukemia. Some blood disorders do have spleen surgery to resolve an enlarged spleen or low pla... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Sounds like: It is time to see a doctor. You need a complete medical history and physical examination. If your pain is severe or associated with vomiting, you shou... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Repair: Surgical repair of an artery (aorta) is performed.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Pain & vomiting: Diffuse cramping abdominal pains, recurrent vomiting, abdomen may become distended, lack of bowel movement. Usually the person would also have a histo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Any serious infection, sepsis, or even bacteria in the blood stream could result in endocarditis if the person is at risk for heart valve disease. Eve... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Major difference. : Aneurysm is a ballooning or stretching of the wall of an artery. Muscle fasiculation is just a twinge or rapid little contractions of muscle fibers.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
No: There are no home treatments for cancer. Surgical removal of the cancer (which can be a minor procedure) & hormone therapy can be a first start for tr... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Pain and nausea: Upper abdominal pressure discomfort with gas and bloated feeling after eating, may get upper abdominal pain and nausea, sometimes vomiting. Worse afte... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: Often can return to work in less than a week, no heavy lifting work for a couple weeks or until released by your surgeon.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Where?: Where is the bleeding you are concerned about? Small amount of fluid or blood can leak for 24 hours or less from a new surgical incision site. Change ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 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.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The external beam radiation treatments that she is receiving has no affectt on others around her, so you would be fine.
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Usually...: Surgery with mastectomy is indicated. Depending on the final findings, hormone or chemotherapy may also be indicated.
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Surgery 40 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
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Which do you mean?: It would be very unlikely for a laparoscopic skin wound to re-open 3-4 weeks after surgery. It would uncommon but possible for the fascia to come open... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
No: Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication is the use of the native stomach wall used to wrap around the end of the esophagus to help resolve heartburn or hia... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Could be: A hernia. It depends on where this "lump" is on your stomach. Also benign fatty lipomas occur as a lump under the skin. A doctor's examination would b... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Sometimes: A breast lump may be benign like a fibrocystic condition, or they can be cancerous. Breast lumps need physical examination with a doctor and likely ma... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Malignant vs benign: Cancers are malignant. Tumors can be a benign non-cancerous growth, or can be malignant cancerous growths.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Need more info.: Would need more information. Where is the cyst located? In the thyroid? What is the size of the cyst? Most cysts are benign and of no consequence, and... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Most commoly hemorroids (piles) occur from straining due to constipation. Avoid constipation or sitting and straining at the toilet too long. Warm bat... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Direct cause: Straining to have a hard bowel movement irritates hemorrhoid veins causing vein swelling, discomfort and sometimes bleeding. Do not sit for long times... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe none: Gallbladder polyps can be small and have no symptoms. May be just an incidental finding on an ultrasound when one is having an evaluation of abdominal... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See a doctor...: For an examination. Possibilities include hair follicle infection, perianal abscess, perianal fistula, hemorrhoid, anal fissure, etc. Needs an examina... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Uncertain: I agree with dr. Barry rosen in the prior comment, that "redundant colon" is not usually benefited by colon resection surgery. Unless there is a diffe... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
No: No relation to type of foods and appendicitis.
A male asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Depends on underlying illnesses, reason for loss, prior surgical procedures, degree of loss. May be able to use biologic material, sometimes combined ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Usually have yearly physical examinations age 20-40 and start yearly mammogram about age 40. Depends on family history & risks for breast cancer. Noti... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See below: Usually recommend yearly breast physical examination beginning in age 20's, yearly mammogram after age 40. Best to do mammograms a few weeks after the... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Stage 0: Means non-invasive very early breast cancer. Generally has an excellent long term prognosis.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See your surgeon: This may be normal, but unable to tell without an examination. Still early after surgery. Need to see your surgeon.
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Surgery 40 years experience
Likely: Physical examination & mammogram with possible breast ultrasound can be helpful in evaluating males for breast cancer. Needle biopsy of a firm breast ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See a doctor: Early breast cancer will have no symptoms. Later breast cancers will present as a hard, firm, painless breast lump. Yearly mammogram after age 40, and... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Cell type: Pathologists describe what they see from a biopsy specimen. Inflammatory breast cancer can be an aggressive form of breast cancer. The biopsy describi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Do you actually have a biopsy diagnosis or is the leg pain only thought to have a possible cause from "cancer." would need much more information, biop... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Same as women: Physical examination with a doctor. Feeling a firm hard painless breast lump. Mammogram and breast ultrasound sometimes used. It is a rare condition ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Not related?: Your pains and past history of gallbladder surgery may not be related. Maybe your gallbladder was not the source of your original discomforts. See you... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Here size doesn't matter. It is the cell type seen by the pathologist under the microscope that is important. Hopefully yours is benign and it sounds ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Uncommon: Unless there is severe gallbladder disease or prior major abdominal surgery, the conversion rate of laparoscopic to open surgery is about 2-5%. Ask yo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Varies: Appendicitis usually continues to get worse over 12-24 hours with worsening right lower abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, maybe fevers. Appendicitis w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: The stress of a major illness and surgery to remove the appendix due to aooendicitis could result in menstrual cycle temporary irregularity.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
No: An ultrasound sees more solid organs & does not see through air filled structures like the intestines. An utrasound will see the liver, gallbladder, k... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
No: This was studied by medical research many years ago & no association was found between cholecystectomy and developing colon cancer.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: More than one thing going on. The right groin tender lump may be a hernia & warrants an evaluation with your doctor. The lower back pains may be somet... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See below: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that occur at the anal opening and can cause bleeding or discomfort. An anal fissure is a tear or crack in the lining o... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See below: Have you seen your doctor & a surgeon? Standing or walking as a teacher seems fine. Wear an elastic support belt or abdominal binder. Have the hernia ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Establish: A doctor that you can see yearly for physical exams. Perform breast self exams. Yearly mammograms at age 40. Can ask your doctor about brca and have g... Read More

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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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