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Leg Swelling may be the sign of a more serious health issue than one might expect. A recent article published by the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nations top medical facilities, is titled,

"When is Leg Swelling A Sign of Something Serious" Click below to read the entire article

This brief article does an exceptional job discussing leg swelling in easily understood terms and gives a clear warning at the end that we encourage patients to heed....

“Swollen legs are often a sign of a bigger problem... if you have leg swelling, you should get checked out by your primary care doctor to figure out what’...

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Most people know someone who has had a leg blood clot in their deep veins. It is something that is more and more common with the type of lifestyle that has become the norm in the 21st century.

People are becoming more sedentary, becoming more obese, having more surgeries, and travelling long distances in cars and planes. All of these things increase your risk for having a blood clot. How do you know if you have one and that you just didn’t sleep wrong on your leg or pull a muscle?

It is not always easy to tell. The only sure way to diagnose a blood clot is to get an ultrasound in an accredited vascular ultrasound laboratory. DVTs or deep venous thrombosis are a dangerous occur...

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Many patients as they get older, get up at night to go to the bathroom or because of difficulty sleeping. One serious problem that can wake people up at night is pain in their foot or toes.

This most often occurs in patients over the age of 65 who have a history of smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol. Some believe this is arthritis or gout, but it is often related to having poor circulation in the foot. The name for this in medical terms is “rest pain”. This is not “pain at rest” but rather pain that happens because the circulation cannot support the tissues even when they are at rest.

This is a sign of critical limb ischemia—a...

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A NY Times Health Care blog published in April of 2016 screamed out with the title "Millions With Leg Pain Have Peripheral Arterial Disease".

"More than eight million older Americans have a condition that can cause leg pain when they walk even short distances. Yet half of those who have the condition don’t know it and consequently don’t get treated for it, putting themselves at risk for a heart attack, stroke or worse.

The condition, called peripheral artery disease, or P.A.D., is marked by diseased or blocked arteries in the legs. More than half of those with such circulatory problems in the extremities also have coronary or cerebral artery disease, noted Dr. Iftikhar J. Kullo, a ...

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Do your legs hurt when you walk? Can you only walk a block or two before you start experiencing cramping in your hip or buttock? Often times, patients are told this is just a normal part of getting older and probably due to arthritis. But sometimes it isn’t. If your pain only happens when you walk a certain distance and stops when you stop walking, it may be a circulation issue known as claudication. Claudication is a vascular condition that occurs when your leg muscles do not get enough blood flow while they are being used. This is generally caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries--known as atherosclerosis--in your abdomen or legs. This build-up of plaque on the inside of t...

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Most hospital surgeries require patients be put under general or epidural anaesthesia. Anaesthesia allows the patient to "sleep" through their procedures helping patients avoid both the physical and emotional stress of the operation. Anesthesia is also very important because it keeps the patient from moving during surgery. This "stillness" allows the surgeon to undertake their procedure without jeopardizing patient safety due to unwanted movement.

This same lack of movement, however might also cause other problems for the patient. The most concerning of these problems is the formation of a blood clot developing in the legs, or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) while the patient lies motionless ...

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People are more mobile today....everyday travelling to more and more places by plane, train, and automobile. Now, more than ever, vast numbers of business people and pleasure seekers cross the globe on a daily basis for work, opportunity and adventure.

As difficult (and as exciting as travel can be) extended periods of immobility during these long trips carries a hidden risk...a sometime fatal risk...especially if one is squished into the middle seat in the back of the plane for hours on end making it difficult to get up and move: the risk of developing a DVT (more commonly known as a blood clot) in the deep veins of their legs.

Veins are a network of blood vessels that work to return blo...

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South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is excited to announce the availability of "Virtual Appointments" for our patients.

Beginning November 1, 2019 patients wishing to schedule an appointment can request a "virtual" appointment to speak with one of our vascular surgeons from the privacy of their home or office. Additionally, virtual appointments can be scheduled to include care givers and or other family members in remote locations whom the patient may wish to include in their medical appointment. Now, family members from anywhere in the world can be included in patient physician appointments without the expense of travel or the risk of mis-interpreting the diagnosis and care plan for...

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Silicon Valley's South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute physicians are recognized as the leading wound care doctors in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Kokinos is the current medical director at both the Verity/O'Connor Wound Care Center in San Jose and at St Louise Hospital Wound Care Center in Morgan Hill, CA. She is recognized as one of the regional experts in Northern California and provides cutting edge treatment for the care and treatment of Non Healing Diabetic wounds. Together with her partner Dr. Brad Hill who served as chief of Kaiser Hospital's entire Northern California Vascular Surgery Department for over 17 years, South Bay Vascular Surgeons provide unmatched cutt...

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One of the main complications of diabetes is the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers occur in 15% of all patients with diabetes. There are four primary contributing factors to the developments of these ulcers.

  • The presence of peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling over the toes);

  • Changes in the architecture (shape) of the foot causing it to have pressure on areas ot built for it;

  • Poor blood flow to the foot;

  • A decreased ability to fight infection in the foot.

The main reason why diabetic wounds do not heal is due to lack of blood flow to the ulcer and ongoing pressure to the wound

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet and ankles and it is vitally important...

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