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Dr. Mark Kuhnke

General Surgery
Springfield, IL
40 years experience male

Locations

Springfield Clinic, LLP

Springfield, IL

Address

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

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 11am
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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
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.

General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

1.0K Answers
130 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
That's normal...: Normal blood glucose is 70-105 (depending on local lab). Not sure why her glucose is more normal now, but perhaps she's eating a healthier diet. Anywa... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Almost always: It's almost impossible to resolve an abscess with just antibiotics. Drainage is necessary in all but the rarest cases. I suggest you seek a medical/su... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Plain films, ? CT: A colon obstruction will be a surgical emergency, and is usually diagnosed by plain film and maybe a retrograde dye study, e.g. barium enema. Small bo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes...: ...If you could play before surgery. Of course, there's plenty of rehab and conditioning before you return to preop function, and there's no guarantee... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Condensation: The air you expel is 98 degrees, on average, and you appear to be seeing the vapor forming as it's hitting the cooler room air. As you know, it become... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
You need scoped: You haven't said how long you've had rectal mucus discharge, but, if you haven't been evaluated by a GI or colorectal surgeon , you need to do so. You... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Thrombosis: It's not uncommon for a vein to thrombus (clot) if it's been cannulated. It will feel firm, perhaps a bit sore, and could appear puffy. If there's ass... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Reevaluate: It's possible you may have a deeper collection within the breast. You may need an ultrasound, or an alternative antibiotic. Not to cause alarm , but t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Small: If you've only been smoking for 5 years, it's unlikely you'd develop lung cancer just because of that behavior. If you're concerned about lung cancer... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes and no: Certainly, if you have active leukemia, a basic CBC will show changes indicative of that disease. It's not likely there's any cancers that would pres... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
NO: I don't know where this is coming from - this is the second question along this line tonight. I know of no such relationship, and cannot fathom such ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Call your surgeon: You need to have this examined by the surgical team - so you should call. Good luck.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Doubtful: If you've had a nasal fracture, it's not uncommon to have a "hump." surgery would probably be necessary to resolve this. I'd seek the advice of a plas... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Sure: You may have hydradenitis, a chronic , recurrent inflammatory/infectious process which occurs in areas of oily sweat glands, eg axilla and groin. Usu... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Atmospheric pressure: If you have chronic sinus issues, changes in atmospheric pressure can surely cause headaches and face pain.If you have allergies your sinus membranes ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Couple possibliities: You may just have some gastritis, or even some peptic ulcer disease. But, if your emesis was violent, you may have torn the distal esophagus' inner li... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Stomach issue: You may have a gastric emptying problem, and foodstuffs are degenerating in the stomach, rather than passing into small bowel.Another possibility is a... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Unlikely: Condoms, when used correctly, have an annual success rate of 95-98%. On your eighth day of your cycle your probably have not released an egg yet, so -... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
?viral?: It seems there is a disconnect between your symptoms and surgery.Post op urgency does occur in about 30% of females, but it's self-limited, and not du... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Almonds?: Try lightly or non salted almonds. Generally healthy, has fibre, and certainly no dairy influence. Mixed dried fruit would also be an option. You can ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
What's the cause?: It's hard to recommend any treatment until the cause of this pain is noted. If it's right sided, it could be gallbladder disease . If it's left sided ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: You may have strep throat without fever. Can be very difficult to swallow, so bad you can't swallow your own saliva. A simple swab test can diagnose o... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
That is correct: A stable cystic lesion in a young woman's breast is in all likelihood a minor fibrocystic change. The fact that it's stable over a year is supportive ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
No : If you are lifting that religiously, you are surely trying to optimize your diet. Potassium is very common in normal foods, such as oranges and banana... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
3-14 days: In general, if all the ports are 5mm, then you can resume activities whenever you're comfortable. If a larger port 10-12 mm was placed or had to be en... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Interesting: At 41 a premenopausal state would be premature, unless you started menstruating at an early age. Now, there could be other causes. Off the cuff, i wou... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Chronic pain: I recommend the use of nsaids and heat to the afflicted area . (nsaids are aspirin, naproxen, and acetaminophen.) then, contact your surgeon. There is... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
It doesn't: Removing the gallbladder does not lead to diarrhea , as your bile production has not changed. Some people do develop urgency after gallbladder surgery... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
NO: Colitis would not affect the quality of burps. Colitis presents with pain, fever, occasional bloating, and pain or mucus in stool. Good luck.
A male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Moderation: Like any chemical, caffeine can cause health problems if abused. Limit your intake to one or two portions a day, and you should be fine. Remember that... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Sure..: ..Unless there's been a loss of both ovaries. Ask your gynecologist for details which pertain to you and your specific case. Good luck.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Sure, but...: ...Ask you gynecologist when you may resume sexual activity. Of course, you'll want to wait until it is comfortable, no matter what restrictions your ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Ask your surgeon: It shouldn't be too long a time, but each surgeon will have her/his own recommendations. Good luck.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Sinus problems can definitely lead to mild problems with equilibrium. So, be aware, and be careful. Good luck.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not really: The use of one-half Normal Saline is actually pretty standard for rehydration, although other options include normal saline, lactated ringers, or othe... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
See a urologist: It could take hours or days. You should be under the care of a urologist, who can guide your management. At some point a more proactive approach to yo... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Some concern: If your rate is fast but regular, it may be due to some dehydration, which may be due to having a cold and not ingesting enough food and liquid. If it... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The problem is the "cinnamon challenge, " wherein foolish people try to eat a tablespoon of dry cinnamon, usually filming their attempt for posting on... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Proceed w lap gb: As i've said many times, the gb is not a vital organ. If you're having symptoms from a poorly emptying gb, the best treatment is removal via outpatien... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Always around: Epinephrine is a catecholamine, and is present most of the time, if not indeed always. It's not only secreted by the adrenal gland, but also in some n... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
?infection: Certainly, a delayed minor wound infection could cause hardness and pain. If so , redness and warmth is close behind. Could also be a closure suture k... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Absolutely: Sedentary lifestyle will increase your risk for weight gain, bone and muscle loss, and cardiac/pulmonary deficits. You don't have to be a gym rat, bu... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
May not be helpful: My orthopoedic associates have told me that there's no real data to support the regular use of the supplements glucosamine/chondroitin. They recommend... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not the fast: A 3 day juice fast would not cause jaundice. If you are actually jaundiced you need to be evaluated for biliary tract disease or primary liver disorde... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If done via laparoscopy, probably about three weeks. If done in an open fashion, 4-6 weeks. You must ask your surgeon for your activity release - don'... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not usually: Although there are blood enzyme levels which are used to follow or verify cancers, as a rule blood work usually doesn't offer much help in cancer diag... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Usually diet: Most americans over 40 have some degree of diverticulosis.Inflammation, or diverticulitis, is frequently caused by diet, such as popcorn hulls or pean... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
A long time: I would avoid that drug for, oh, about 60 years after your tummy tuck. Seriously, skip that worthless chemical, save your money, and spend your cash o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
SURE: See a local colorectal surgeon - there are many in your area. There are topical treatments for anal fissure which can allow healing without surgery, s... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
? in a mammogram ?: About 12% of microcalcifications seen on mammography are indicative of cancer. There are characteristics of the ca which lead the mammographer and/or... 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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