Dr. Mark Lubienski

Thoracic Surgery
IL
39 years experience male

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Thoracic Surgery

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English

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438 Answers
103 Agrees
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on cause: Often caused by virus usually self limiting but may need colchicine added to prevent recurrence. More serious if caused by bacteria ir fungus or thing... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Double check: Make sure suction working properly and catheter going where it is supposed to. Also if patient is dehydrated secretions may become tenacious and or mi... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Comfort: Tracheostomy is more comfortable for patient and may allow better pulmonary clearing, and should be considered if prolonged vent necessary . Feeding m... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
More info needed: Does the swelling go down if you keep foot elevated? What was the nature of the injury? Your symptoms could be from injury to the vascular supply to o... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Hypertrophy: Needs to be followed by a cardiologist to determine why the muscles are thick because treatment will vary according to the cause. Hypertrophy is not u... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Risk vs reward: Must weigh risk of procedure especially to kidneys versus expected benefit from procedure. Is the restoration of circulation to deal with pain or aver... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Topic ale: Use aloe containing topical cream or ointment and or hydrocortisone cream with moisturizers to get relief and protect your skin. Then stay out of the... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Diet: Make sure your diet has adequate B vitamins,iron,copper, and iodine as well as Omega 3,frolic acid. Multiple home remedies besides anti-grayling shamp... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Progressive walking: Gently stretch, warm up, and walk. Try to create a schedule that slowly increases distance on flat surface first then gradually build up to adding inc... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
ER: if the redness has not subsided or is increasing go to an ER now as you may have been bitten by something that could cause tissue damage like a brown ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Investigate: your symptoms may indicate a number of things, some GI related but other systems may be involved. Need to rule out conditions involving the heart even... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Indirect: Norvasc (amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker type of blood pressure medication. It's purpose is to treat and control hypertension. High blood pre... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Common: Almost half of men get calcifications in their prostate at some point. Theory is that inflammation in prostate from a variety of possible causes attra... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Too numerous to list: Cigarettes cause exposure to hundreds of toxic substances that can affect all parts of your body. They also induce extra inflammation in many parts of... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Activity level?: Probably don't need heparin but would strongly recommend compression stockings especially at times when you know you will be sitting, standing, or imm... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Further tests: At 5 weeks you should be getting your energy back. May be worthwhile to get tests on thyroid and adrenal function, as well as ruling out things like ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: you have done a great job protecting yourself but genetics still play a role and if CAD runs in your family you have probably decreased the risk signi... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Multiple causes: Many possible causes from an aesthetic wearing off to allergic reaction to an aesthetic or pain medicine or to tape or other devices used during proce... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Mobile or not: Depends where the cuts are and hoe deep. If in a spot on thigh that is not affected much by bending your hip or knee may be able to use butterfly type... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Once in a while : Melatonin use in children should only be used as part of an overall sleep improvement plan and even then on a periodic basis There are no large scale ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No: Thrush is reflection of systemic problem of immune nature. Need to concentrate on nutritional and medical treatment of systemic problem to balance you... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Cardiac Cath: Patient should get definitive study to find source of chest pain as well as possibly treat it with intervention if suitable. Unless other factors or c... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Rare: Diaphragm injury allowing hiatal hernia would be rare in chest injury and only slightly more common in abdominal trauma. For required is significant a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Spirometry : Anxiety possible but also multiple physical issues may cause this sensation. Get a spirometer and pulse oximeter available at pharmacy and do some act... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Investigate: Unless you are having repeated trauma multiple bruises anywhere on your body should be investigated. It could be something as simple as a vitamin defi... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Final scan: Be calm and wait for final results. What you see on the scout film could be motion artifact, could be septal deviation, could be multiple things other... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Covid test: Rest, liquids, self quarantine and get tested now.Need to know a Covid status to guide therapy and decide on which supplements and medications to use.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Infection prevention: Refers to measures for infection prevention and infection transmission reduction related to respiratory involved diseases. See Respiratory Hygiene/Co... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Second opinion: Get second opinions from other surgeons as well as interventional cardiologists who may be able to stent some vessels open.Contact tertiary centers ab... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Trauma?: Scab may be from trauma or could be actinic keratosis or basal cell cancer that are common in those areas of sun exposure. If it persists or grows and... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Should heal: Will probably heal on its own. To be safe consider sitz bath or bathing wound area at least daily and after each bowel movement for next week or so, a... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Both hyper and hypoglycemia can cause headaches. Even large swings in blood sugar levels can cause headaches. Should consider getting glucose reading ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Especially after night of sleep constant drip can cause irritation of throat and if mucous goes into airways can definitely cause lung irritation. May... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Outpatient exam: Go to clinic that has x ray capability is easiest. Can also try virtual visit with physician and follow up with scheduled x ray based on physician rec... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Hematoma: Indicates bleeding under your skin from leaking puncture site. Is it pulsing, is arm swollen, is movement impaired, any numbness or tingling in hand? ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Sacroiliac fix: Diana is a procedure to fix sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Involves an implant used to stabilize the joint and treat pain and allow joint fusion,using ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No: Normally without infection or inflammation you naturally swallow about 1.5 liters of mucous a day and that may increase with illness or airway inflamm... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Sometimes: Would be more commonly found on endoscopy. CT scan would usually be used to see if cancer has spread outside of stomach but in certain cases a large e... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
ER: Needs evaluation for multiple reasons to insure her safety and restore her health. There are two many possible causes to document here but enough of t... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Slight risk: There is a slightly increased risk of pancreatic cancer in people with diabetes. Also the longer you have diabetes the risk increases but only slightl... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Neurologist: Need full evaluation of your arms and neck related to both motor and sensory function. Neurologist and probably diagnostic tests like CT or MRI and ma... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Normally takes about 5 days to see symptoms post exposure so unless you were exposed earlier than you think probably not Covid yet. False positive and... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Recurrent problem: The collapsed lung is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if it happens without prior trauma. If he has anatomical blebs in his lung or his doctors feel... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Get cleared and be a: If you think you may have suffered a mild heart attack by all means get examined and make sure you are not at risk for a bigger one or that something ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely Unless: Unlikely unless you have had recent chest surgery or fairly severe pneumonia. The other source of mediastinal infections would be dental type infectio... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Scar formation: The breast bone heals after being split by mediansternotomy by a combination of scar formation and fixation by wires or whatever is used in closure. F... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Multiple causes: A blocked nose may reflect sinus issues that definitely can cause dizziness symptoms. Another common cause may be congestion related to ears. Dizzines... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Lifestyle: Add fibre, avoid fructose and other sugars in excess, cut down on trans fats. Also exercise and alcohol only in moderation. Can also try adding slo-ni... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Longevity: Repair is the best option but may not be feasible. The tissue valve options are attractive because of minimal anti coagulation but at 51 you would ha... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lubienski is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lubienski is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, my GP didn't think it meant anything. When Nurse got no discernible bp at 2 diff appts, then Dr didn't either, and took forever to barely find a wrist pulse... I'll look for a vascular guy...Read More
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Thanks. Fortunately there was no fever, or other issues. Just like the two times before they were just red and hot for approximately 48 hours, then it passed. Thanks for your answer.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr.Lubienski ,just the professional i was looking for to answer this very important question.Good luck, kind regards from England UK.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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Graduated nullMD

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Top Thoracic Surgeon , Second Place, Illinois - Summer
2014
Top Thoracic Surgeon , Third Place, National - Fall
2014
Top Thoracic Surgeon, First Place, National - Spring
2015
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