A SWOLLEN LEG IS NOT NORMAL

Leg Swelling: Iliac Vein Compression
Chronic pain and swelling in one leg, (especially the left side) may be caused by iliac Vein Compression. This is a little-known but fairly common condition that can greatly impact your quality of life – and may lead to more serious complications. Leg swelling is NOT a normal part of aging or weight gain. And it’s NOT something you have to “just live with.”

Leg swelling is a special area of interest of Dr. Polly Kokinos, and she has been active in doing clinical research to find better ways to diagnose and to treat this condition. South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is recognized as the leading treatment center for evaluating and treating left leg swelling. If you have been told there is nothing to do for your leg swelling, call us at 408-376-3626 for an evaluation. We offer hope when others say there is none!

About Iliac Vein Compression:
Iliac vein compression (also known as May-Thurner Symptom) is an anatomic condition that occurs when the left iliac vein gets squeezed and compressed between the lumbar spine and the right iliac artery. This compression prevents the adequate drainage of blood from the leg, which can cause serious problems such as swelling, aching, blood clots, and non-healihg ulcerations. (See Diagram)

Symptoms:

  • Swelling, heaviness and aching in one leg, especially the left leg
  • Recurrent blood clots, especially in the left leg
  • Non healing wounds or dark dry skin in the ankle or shin

Solutions
South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is the leading leg swelling clininc in Northern California offering cutting-edge treatment options that very few other facilities can deliver. We are at the forefront of diagnosing Iliac Vein Compression using regular vascular ultrasound and in treating it with the newest endovascuar techniques using IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) and stents in an outpationt office setting.

If you or a loved one are suffering from leg swelling or any other vascular problems, please call our office today at 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment. Our offices in Campbell and Gilroy remain open to safely treat patients even during the COVID-19 crisis.

COULD THAT LEG PAIN BE PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE

Dr. Polyxene (Polly) a vascular surgeon located in San Jose, CA specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral artery disease. In private practice for 24 years, Dr. Kokinos has served the South Bay Community as an independent physician for her entire career and has built her practice by delivering exceptional outcomes and by providing hope for patients suffering from complex vascular disease.

Graduating high school at 14 years old, Dr. Kokinos enrolled at Barnard College (Columbia University) and after finishing in 3 years, earned a coveted spot in Columbia University’s prestigious medical school by the time she was 16 years old. Finishing medical school at 20, Dr. Kokinos was accepted at UCSF Surgical, the top ranked general surgery residency program in the world. Seven years later, Dr. Kokinos was accepted into Washington University in Saint Louis, the number one ranked Vascular Surgery fellowship training program in the United States. Finishing her training at 29 years old, Dr. Kokinos was the youngest board certified vascular surgeon in the country. Continuing her unmatched reputation as a vascular surgeon, Dr. Kokinos continues to be recognized by her peers as a gifted clinician, Vascular Surgeon and overall leader in her field.

Experience matters when it comes to your health. In private practice for 24 years, no other vascular surgeon in Northern California can claim the depth and breath of vascular surgery experience nor the specialized facilities needed to treat complex vascular disease that Dr. Kokinos can share. Unmatched in her experience and capabilities, Dr. Kokinos offers hope when others say there is none.

Unlike doctors leaving Big Box Medical Systems (Kaiser, PAMF, Stanford, Sutter) to enter private practice in search of financial payouts, Dr. Kokinos has spent her entire career focused on the “Why” behind an illness. Rather than simply treating the symptom, Dr. Kokinos takes the time to understand a patients symptoms so that her patients have real solutions to living a healthy life. Instead of a medical career driven by production metrics and profitability, Dr. Kokinos has built her career around a patients needs and not an institutions needs

Of particular interest to Dr. Kokinos is the diagnosing and treatment of peripheral arterial disease and chronic limb ischemia. As the only vascular surgeon in the South Bay to own and operate their own state of the art nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center and full time vascular ultrasound laboratory, Dr. Kokinos provides unmatched care for her patients suffering from this disease. Dedicated entirely to the treatment of vascular disease, Dr. Kokinos’ surgical suite has the most advanced imaging and device technology found anywhere in the world.

Partnering with the community to provide the best information possible, Dr. Kokinos encourages anyone suspecting to be suffering from PAD to read the following article. Published by her peers at Harvard University Medical School we believe this article can help our patients better understand the symptoms of PAD. After reading this article, if you or anyone you know suffers from or thinks they may be suffering from Peripheral Artery Disease we encourage them to schedule an appointment at 408-376-3626 to discuss their symptoms. In the meanwhile, we hope you find the following article educational.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/could-that-leg-pain-be-peripheral-artery-disease