South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is pleased to announce the launching of our new Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage campaign. Keep an eye out for one of our new ads throughout San Jose and the South Bay.

Dr.’s Kokinos and Pineda are at the forefront of research, development and treatments in the speciality of limb preservation. Our new campaign is designed to help patients facing the threat of lower limb amputation understand that there may still be hope for keeping these limbs. Recent advances in both imaging and medical device technology have entirely changed the field of limb preservation and have enabled vascular surgeons to help patients suffering from these problems in ways that were not available 3 years ago.

As leaders in the field of limb preservation, Dr.’s Kokinos and Pineda specialize in the treatment of lower extremity limb preservation and in the diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Chronic Limb Ischemia (CLI). Newly developed minimally invasive surgical techniques are helping patients save limbs by re-establishing blood flow to these impacted areas in ways that were just not possible in the past. Many of these surgeries can now be done in our state of the art angiography suite without the need for patients to be hospitalized and which enable patients to return home the same day of their procedures.

Patients facing a potential lower limb amputation are encouraged to call our office to understand how these new technologies may offer them hope when other say there is none. If you or your loved ones know anyone facing the possibility of an amputation, STOP! Call our office for a consultation on how we can help. We look forward to continuing to serve the south bay community and to help our patients “Get Back Their Life”

Please call us at 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment and to see how we can help.

We’ve included copies of our new add campaign and hope they help to spread the word on how we can help. Take a look!


It is amazing to me how many patients we see who have suffered with leg swelling or wounds for months or years. They believe that it will just go away, or that the wound will just heal. Sometimes, they have even gone to their doctor, who usually does not even look at their leg. Although mild ankle swelling can sometimes occur just because the weather has been hot, or you have been sitting for a long time, or you had a lot of salt in your diet, the vast majority of the time, there is actually an underlying reason for the leg swelling. This can include such “big” problems such as a heart or kidney problem, a blood clot that has not been diagnosed (especially after an orthopedic procedure or a long car or plane trip), a tumor that is compressing your abdominal or pelvic vessels, or leaky valves in your veins. It is truly important to seek expert help from a vascular surgeon if your leg swelling extends up into your calf, or if it lasts more than a couple of days. This is especially true if it is painful. That is most commonly the sign of a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and those must be treated immediately to prevent the blood clot from going to your lung and potentially killing you. Pulmonary embolus, when the clot travels to your lung and blocks a main artery there, is the number three cause of death in the United States that nobody talks about.

The work-up for leg swelling almost always will involve a leg ultrasound. This is a painless, quick, and inexpensive test that is diagnostic both for blood clots and leaky valves in the veins. Sometimes, if the problem is in the abdomen or pelvis, an ultrasound or CT scan there may be necessary. If the problems relates to a kidney or heart issue, blood work may be in order. In any case, sometimes, the treatment of the underlying problems that cause leg swelling need to be begun within a few days of its occuring so that one can have the best outcome possible.

If you have a swollen leg, whether it is for a few days or several months, come see the experts at South Bay Vascular Center to help diagnose and treat its cause.