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

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
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General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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845 Answers
104 Agrees
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
make a call: Eagle, please call your local mental health or suicide hotline. I'm concerned for your personal safety, by the tone of your comments. If you have bloo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
maybe none: I suggest you avoid chemicals if possible.Eat a balanced diet, move a bit, and stay hydrated. If you must use something, keep in simple. Milk of magne... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Vague question.: Not sure what you're asking. A colorectal specialist is a great source for information regarding expectations with j pouch. A general surgeon will be ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Several: Any significan bleeding would present with distention and pain of the abdomen, fast heart rate, lower blood pressure with fatique and sometimes dizzy ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
DEPENDS: If the internal bleeding is intravisceral (in stomach or gut) there will probably no feelings until one becomes anemic enough to be tired or dizzy. I... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 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
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 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
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
2 weeks,local OK: Recovery from umb. hernia repair is about 15 days in most cases. That would be no lifting more than 10 lbs and no physical exercise except walking. Ca... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes...: ..as soon as you stop using chemical wipes on your anus. Please, nothing stringent on this sensitive area. Apply some vitamin A & D ointment, do n... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Almost immediately: An esophageal perf. with endoscopy is a serious and almost immediate condition. Severe pain , tachycardia, fever - this is a bad event. A bit of sore ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Well....: If you have masculine secondary sex characteristics, you probably have no worries. If you have serious concerns, it might be worth a visit to your loc... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Simple removal: The affected epiploic appendices is removed. It's just a twisted piece of fat that normally lies along the bowel. It can be misinterpreted as appendic... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, but....: ....if you're taking 800 mg ibuprofen you may only take it every 8 hrs. I suggest you NOT take that high a dose very long. I'm unaware of any adverse ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
GB disease: If you're having classic gallbladder symptoms - ruq pain, radiates to back, nausea and bloating, worse with fatty foods- and your HIDA scan is abnorma... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Microperforation: Though uncommon, this is not a rare problem associated with a very common and important procedure. Pain within a few hours, sometimes with fever, is a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: The bloat is from some decreased motility of the gut, not from residual co2 in the abdomen. I would suggest your bloat would minimize in 4-14 days. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not normal: Well, urinating hourly is certainly far from normal. I suggest you discuss this with a urologist to see if there' s an abnormality causing this. Ask y... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Blood flow: inflammation is a normal response to an injury or infection, causing redness, soreness, warmth, and swelling. Now, gangrene is a condition wherein the... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Well...: ...For starters, stop pushing qtips or other instruments into your ear canal. You may have "swimmer's ear, " or otitis media, an inflammation of the... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
I C E: Ice, Compression, and Elevation is the best management for a basic ankle sprain. ibuprofen or naproxen would also be helpful for local pain and infl... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: It's hard to put an absolute amount of water necessary. You may hear 6-8 glasses of water a day. I'd prefer water over large volumes of tea or soft dr... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Get seen: Could be strep throat, that's for sure. There other serious conditions that will prevent one from swallowing , so you need to get in now and be evalua... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Seek help: It's hard to talk yourself out of a panic attack, if that's what it is. There are medical conditions that can mimic this psychological problem. The fa... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Defined: An antrotomy is an incision or opening into the lower third of the stomach (antrum.) Could be done to gain access to the lower stomach to remove a ben... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
?fistula: Usually, air in the urine, either as sputtering or foam and bubbles, indicates a connection between the bladder and an air containing viscus, like the... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Unreasonable: 45 pound loss in two months is not a reasonable expectation. That would be a 6-12 month goal. There is no shortcut. The key is your intake. Low carbs,... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
An irritant: Blood in the abdomen is very irritating to the lining of the abdomen, the peritoneum, and therefore causes inflammation and discomfort. Women, especia... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Ask your pharmacist: There are many different cold and flu concoctions available, and they target different symptoms. Ask you pharmacist to help you decide which OTC prepa... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Simple. : If you have symptomatic gallbladder disease, the best management is to have it removed. If surgery is untenable then a low fat diet, absolute, no chea... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
See a professional: You should see someone, at least in an urgent care setting. You could have external canal inflammation or an inner ear infection . Time to get help. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Ask your surgeon: "Problems" is a very broad and vague word. Covers constipation to blood clots to infection to urgency. Ask your surgeon about any concerns.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Interesting: Any change in a mole should be examined, including regression of the pigment. Could be indicative of potential skin cancer, so see your doctor who may... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
NO: Anxieties won't affect your bodies response to allergens.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID: For the fever, and aches , I suggest ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, or even acetaminophen . You may actually have a streptococcal infection, so I sugge... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
That's reasonable: I'd have that checked by a dermatologist, general surgeon, or plastic surgeon. Your concern is a reasonable one. Good luck.
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A male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
ANYTHING: Once the symptomatic gallbladder has been removed, you have absolutely no dietary restrictions. The gallbladder does not make bile, and all the bile ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Well....: Many lymphomas, and testicular cancer, are two forms which are famously benefited by chemotherapy. Speak to your oncologist, who can better discuss th... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
A solid test: The abdominal ct is actually quite good at picking up masses in the pancreas. If there's a questionable area, but not able to be declared on the ct, i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
PSA and exam: You can have a screening psa exam, a blood test which can indicate a higher risk of prostate cancer. But, please don't insult the health care professi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Debatable but...: Basal cell cancer of the skin and papillary cancer of the thyroid are relatively "benign" forms of cancer - an oxymoron, i know. Two cancers i wouldn... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Not specifically: Varicose veins are a failure of venous valves, and are not directly affected by smoking or drinking. Familial tendencies play a role, and being overwe... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
YES : Large hepatic hemangiomas of the liver are best managed surgically. Only when symptomatic . Make sure your surgeon is an experienced hepatic surgeon.... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
NO: Nothing about that statement is true.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
Bulk fibre: If hemorrhoids are an issue, i recommend good hydration, a balanced diet, and the use of bulk laxatives. Any brand of bulk laxative is fine, and don't... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
2 step program: Eat less, and move more. That's it - really! as an aside, ingest lower fats, if possible, and take it easy on sugars and starches. But , the first sen... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
To some degree: Urinary fistulas are the result of underlying disease, like diverticulitis, crohns disease, or even, unfortunately , cancer. How uncomfortable the pos... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
No....: Your chance of getting breast cancer, with a positive maternal history, is still only about 15%. (50% higher than a negative history.) however, if a b... 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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