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Dr. Mark Kuhnke

General Surgery
Springfield, IL
42 years experience male

Locations

Springfield Clinic, LLP

Springfield, IL

Address

900 North 1st Street, Room 3031, Springfield, IL
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

(217) 528-7543

Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am a general surgeon with almost 30 years experience, with a very wide scope of practice and experience. I enjoy educating my patients, as well as mentoring medical students and PA students. I am very active in state and national leadership positions within my profession, and I love what I do.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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845 Answers
104 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not usually: I suggest you see your surgeon, and discuss your discomfort. That's a bit long to still be uncomfortable, though that is a broad term. Call your surge... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Too broad: There are many forms of cancer. Most occur as we get older. You are still quite young, but there are things you need to do. At 50 you'll need a colono... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Multiple: Complications can include anastomotic leak, bleeding, and/or stenosis with obstruction. Blood clots, pneumonia, and even death are possible. Post disc... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
About a month: Depends on the absolute approach and technique, but you should be fully recovered and functional by 4 weeks. Your surgeon can give you specific restri... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Lets break it down: What you're describing is surgical exploration of the sinuses, using fibreoptic equipment, which involves both the left and right sides at the same se... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Seek another opinion: I suggest you seek help by consulting with another, board-certified and experienced. Opthamologist. Ask you primary care physician to assist you. I'm... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Call your surgeon: You may be draining a hematoma, or you may have an infection, though it's quite rare in CT surgery. You need to contact the surgeon in charge, and inf... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes.: Enjoy yourself. No physical restrictions. Good luck.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Kidney or GB: I'm not sure what to make of your inability to stay awake, but vomiting with back pain could be signs of kidney infection or stone, or even gallbladde... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Ortho consult: I suggest you see an experienced orthopedic surgeon who has experience in shoulder repairs. You may wish to seek more than one opinion. Surgery may b... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Any and all: Once you've been released to activity by your surgeon, probably one to three weeks, based on technique , you'll have no restrictions. You'll be able t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
WHY?: I'm not sure what "skin surgery" you are asking about. People have various skin tones, and some people do tan easier than others. However, sun damage ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Should resolve: I'm sorry you had a post op bile leak - that's a known risk of about .3-.5 percent. The bile is caustic, and can certainly be irritating. After the st... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Some are here now: In my career span, there have been tremendous advances with many cancers. The treatment of lymphoma and testicular cancers, in particular, have made g... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not really...: ..But , if one were to have an area of chronic skin irritation secondary to extreme cold, then, as in all areas of chronic irritation, cancer could de... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
NO: I see no advantage or disadvantage of the carbonation, so drink whichever you enjoy. Just keep drinking water. Good luck.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
3 main causes...: Congenital (born with it), trauma, and atherosclerotic disease. Those are the main causes.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Ganglion cyst?: By your description, it is probably a small ganglion cyst. This is a mucus-filled inflammatory cyst which arises from joints, most commonly on the ha... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
40: You should have a screening colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the regular population, so get screened by age 40. Eat a lower fat, higher fiber diet, a... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not really: Of course, if you drink so much you sacrifice good nutrition, your tissues would suffer and theoretically your defect could worsen. Or , if you're in... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Usually: When active crohn's disease leads to surgery, it's usually for intractable pain, stricture, obstruction, abscess, or fistula. Once the active disease ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
GB or other causes: IBS is a non specific diagnosis used for GI complaints when all other causes have been eliminated. It's not a true diagnosis. Has your gallbladder bee... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe do nothing: There are many types of cysts in many areas of the body, and many don't have to be dealt with at all. For example, congenital cysts of the kidney, li... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Go to the source: You should call your surgeon's office in the morning and ask for clarification of your expectations. It's really not appropriate for me to offer my op... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Probably, but...: Keflex is a cephalosporin, and there's a cross-reactivity to penicillin based antibiotics. Zpack is erythromycin, and neither it nor Clindamycin are p... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
NO: A lipoma is an isolated tumor, not a normal subcutaneous fat collection. It won't be affected by your personal systemic weight loss.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Fetus/uterus growth: Heartburn and indigestion are caused by the increasing abdominal pressure, due to the enlarging uterus. Hemorrhoids are caused by increased pelvic ven... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: After your full and total recovery, including rehab, your surgeon will give you your life restrictions. It's possible skydiving could be allowed, but ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Colorectal surgeon: In many CRS practices, pelvic floor manometry and training are offered, and are an important part of their practice. Ask you doctor to make an appoint... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
ABSOLUTELY: Please seek a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeron. Such a specialist can help guide you with indications and possible techniques. Good l... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Nutritionist: 47kg weight would indicate a slight frame (i'm assuming you don't mean 47 lbs.) you should be able to gain weight with a protein rich balanced diet a... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
UNLIKELY: What you are describing is most likely fibrocystic changes. These are common among women. Breast cancer is very uncommon in your age group, and usua... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
A CLOTTED BULGE: An aneurysm is a swollen, bulging area in a vessel. They can occur due to hardening of the arteries, trauma, infection, or congenital development. A ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
MOST LIKELY: It sounds like you have a small , thrombosed hemorrhoid. If so, it can be treated in the office under local anesthesia by a qualified general or colo... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
POSSIBLY: Gallbladder sludge is basically very tiny stones and granules. Sludge is the precursor of larger stones, and certainly can cause similar symptoms. So,... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Could be: One of the classic signs of cancer is a change in mole or freckle. Certainly, you should have this checked out. You need to be ever vigilant with yo... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Dont do it: You're much better off eating smaller, frequent meals of good quality than one large meal. Moderate your fats and carbohydrates and eat fresh when po... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly...: ...But not as a direct relationship to the surgery. If one feels better post op and is more active, weight loss could occur. If one is sedentary and e... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: In general, yes. Ask your gynecologist for any specific conditions you may have.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
QUITE POSSIBLY: Unless there's evidence of significant extra visceral spread of his disease, or unless his baseline medical status is prohibitive, he may well benefit... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
NOT NECESSARILY: A hernia, by definition, is a hole in the musculature, such as in your navel or groin, or in an old incision. You may just have a strain or pulled mu... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Porcelain GB: Calcification in the gallbladder wall, called porcelain gallbladder, is a sign of chronic, albeit indolent cholecystitis.Many gallstones, seen in the ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
? hernia: Although i can't make any diagnosis in this forum, off the cuff i'd be suspicious you could have hernia. I suggest you seek an evaluation by your doct... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, yes, and rarely: There are certainly lymph nodes in the anterior, inferior neck. If you injured your neck, you could certainly have swollen muscle tissue or general sw... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Guidelines: Age, actual bmi, associated medical illnesses, and psychological profile are all used to define appropriate patients for bariatric surgery. Bariatric... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not really...: The only concern i would have is the lack of stamina which affects some cancer patients, especially during active treatments. Airplane travel can be p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Re-evaluate: Mesenteric adenitis is a benign inflammation of the lymph nodes which follow the blood supply of the bowel. Symptoms can include right lower pain, and... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Absolutely: There are no physical restrictions with any hernia, except for the amount of discomfort one does or does not have. You may lift, work hard , even wor... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not to worry...: Despite the rash of gun assaults, your odds of being involved are miniscule. However, there are about 40, 000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not buying it: Sorry, this sounds like it came from "the onion" or other satire/comedy site. But, yeasts, like bacteria, are usually ingested. Use of antibiotics als... Read More
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Dr. Bradford Romans
Oct 28, 2013
Welcome to my network.I am adding you back and will review some of your answers. Thanks , Brad
Aug 3, 2013
Very accurate and timely responses.
HealthTap member
Sep 22, 2013
Thank You very much for your quick response to my question! You put my mind at ease and I have a appointment scheduled with my PCP this week.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have a Gallbladder operation in a month, you calmed my mind, I saw very bad comments from people who had the surgery. But my liver and Kidneys plus my belly is perfec...Read More
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Thank you. I don't have gallbladder anymore. And they don't listen to me when I tell the doctors in the past. I Hope you have a blessed nigh
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Thanks for your quick reply! One if the wounds is oozing blood and not sealed. I'm not sure if water/soap is ok. Will watch for redness chg

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

Southern Illinois University Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

Southern Illinois University Affiliated Hospitals

Awards

Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha, ETA of Illinois
Outstanding Teacher Award, SIU-SOM Department of Surgery
Membership, Alpha Omega Alpha

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Midwest Surgical Association
Illinois Surgical Society

Publications

Laparoscopic ligation of the thoracic duct in management of chylothorax
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