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OUR HISTORY

South Bay Vascular Center

 

Established in 1997 by Dr. Polyxene "Polly" Kokinos, South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute, has a singular mission: "To ensure the best possible outcomes in the most difficult of circumstances."


That's why South Bay Vascular Center is known as the place where more physicians get treated for their own circulatory and varicose vein conditions than anywhere else in the region. We are proud to be called the "Doctor's Doctor". Improving the lives of our patients has always been at the foundation of everything that we do. In pursuit of this goal we strive to provide the most advanced vascular care available; caring for our patients in a compassionate and respectful manner. 


For over 20 years our doctors have helped tens of thousands of patients get their lives back with state of the art medical care specifically focused on circulation and cosmetic vein issues. As a Vascular Surgery Center of Excellence, South Bay Vascular Center physicians and staff offer patients unmatched, personalized care for vascular and arterial conditions, ranging from the most delicate to the most complex. As Vascular Surgeons and Varicose Vein Specialists we offer the Bay Area's most advanced vein care therapies, and cutting edge treatments for all forms of vein disease and vein problems.  


Our on-site, ICAVL Accredited Ultrasound Laboratory and AAAASF nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center are the first of their kind in the area. Because we can diagnose and treat both complex as well as simple vascular conditions at our facility, we treat and repair a large number of our patients' vascular surgery and cosmetic vein issues in-house, without the need for patients to visit a hospital or to travel between multiple locations...and that's why we are different. By making things easier for our patients, we believe we are providing a better health care experience for our patients. 


Supporting our physicians, our nurses are the best in the business. SBVC nurses have extensive experience in cardiovascular intensive care units, operating rooms, and recovery rooms and together, our three nurses have experience totaling over 60 years.

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CARING FOR OUR PATIENTS


For over 20 years, Dr. Polyxene "Polly" Kokinos and her staff at South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute have helped tens of thousands of patients in the Silicon Valley get their lives back by successfully treating their peripheral arterial disease (PAD), leg swelling, DVT's (blood clots), non-healing leg wound, varicose veins, dialysis access procedures and many other vascular related issues.


Recognized by her peers as one of the pre-eminent vascular surgeons in the region, Dr Kokinos served as Chair of the Cardiovascular department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. and was recently appointed as the Medical Director of both the O'Connor and St. Louise wound care centers.


That's why Dr. Kokinos and her staff at South Bay Vascular are recognized as Silicon Valley's most trusted and experienced Vascular Surgery practice.  We are the "Doctor's Doctor" and treat the most difficult as well as the most complicated vascular related circulatory problems in the region.  


Our state of the art nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center enables Dr Kokinos and her staff to treat complex vascular issues (amputation prevention, non healing leg wounds, swollen legs and dialysis access) in a private setting where patients are cared for with dignity and respect. Unlike traditional community or university hospitals, South Bay Vascular provides individualized attention to patient needs without the complex bureaucracy and difficulties associated with hospital admissions and shared nursing.  


Individualized medical care in a private setting, supported by superior nursing and care coordinators utilizing state of the art medical equipment enables South Bay Vascular to deliver an unmatched level of medical care and to insure the best possible outcomes in the most difficult circumstances.  In fact, when vascular procedures fail at other facilities, South Bay Vascular is recognized as the foremost treatment center for complex vascular procedures and varicose vein care. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?


At SBVC we do much more than just treat and repair unsightly and painful varicose and spider veins. We are San Jose's Leading Varicose Vein Clinic and Treatment Center. 

South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is a full service Vascular Surgery Center of Excellence; dedicated to treating everything from the most complex arterial procedures to the most delicate cosmetic procedures.

Board Certified Vascular Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists make up the core of our medical staff.  Supported by our registered vascular ultrasonography technologists and an on-site accredited ultrasound lab and nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center, our critical care nurses and surgeons provide cutting edge vascular care utilizing the most advanced imaging and surgical techniques available. This approach, a multidisciplinary one, performed in our on-site, state of the art angiography suite in Campbell, CA. ensures the best possible outcomes in a compassionate setting. 

Lots of centers treat venus reflux or "leaky valves" when they show up as painful and unsightly varicose and spider veins. Fast cosmetic fixes, however, can often mask more serious underlying circulation issues that only a vascular surgeon is trained to address. In fact, many of the physicians claiming to be "Vein" or "Vascular" specialists and who advertise for and offer treatments for varicose veins have had little formal training to treat these conditions and have learned this skill outside of their primary field of specialization as a way to supplement their practice.  More importantly, even fewer of these "vein" and or "vascular" specialists have their own, onsite accredited vascular ultrasound labs and fewer still, maintain national accreditation as an ambulatory surgery center ensuring that they operate to the highest levels of quality and safety.  What makes South Bay Vascular Center a Vascular Surgery Center of Excellence is that we offer comprehensive care and treatment by ABMS board certified vascular surgeons trained to care for the entire spectrum of vascular related disease and that we exceed the highest standards of quality and safety as mandated by a national accreditation agency. 

Understand your options. Not all vein care is the same.  If you or anyone you know suffers from a circulatory issue, we can help! In fact, there is a very good chance that we can provide treatment options where others could not.

Call us at 408-376-3626 to understand how we can help you "Get Back Your Life"



OUR APPROACH


Our job at SBVC is to care for problems in ANY part of a patients circulatory system. We treat everything from Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) to chronic limb ischemia (CLI); from varicose veins to non-healing leg ulcers and diabetic wounds; from blood clots (DVT) to swollen legs; from aortic aneurysm's to the infected dialysis access graft that may threaten a patient’s life. We are also the ONLY independent dialysis access center in all of Santa Clara County staffed by full time vascular surgeons.

A multi-disciplinary approach sets us apart from other physicians claiming to be Vein "Experts" or Vein "Specialists" and is why we are recognized as the most trusted vascular surgeons in the region. SBVC is a vascular surgery center of excellence; not simply a varicose vein treatment center.

At South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute we are Board Certified Vascular Surgeons. We are NOT phlebology doctors nor cardiologists who have learned how to treat cosmetic veins or Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD) at a weekend course or seminar and who treat varicose and spider veins as a means to supplement their primary practice. Vascular Surgeons have completed an accredited 5-7 general surgery residency program followed by an additional 2 years in an accredited vascular surgery fellowship program specifically focused on the treatment of arterial and venous disease.... and that's after spending 4 years in medical school and 4 years in college. Treating diseases of the circulatory system IS our primary practice and it is what we have been trained to do.

Unlike many other cosmetic vein centers, every South Bay Vascular surgeon is either ABMS board certified or board eligible. Established as the Gold Standard in medicine, board certification is only awarded to a select few physicians following their completion of a rigorous training in a board eligible fellowship program. Even after completing fellowship training, board certification is not granted until after the physician has passed a series of exhaustive clinical and written examinations and must be renewed every 10 years.

"Phlebologists" on the other hand sometimes refer to themselves as being "Board Certified" in Phlebology. In actual fact, however, there is no such ABMS designation. Instead, board certification in "Phlebology" is granted by an association of Phlebologists and not by the American Board of Medical Specialties. A Phlebology board is received simply by taking a written exam , without having completed a rigorous and specialized clinical fellowship.

At SBVC we are proud to bring our patients the highest level of clinical training and surgical expertise.