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!
18 Million Americans Suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation. Each year 160,000 amputations are performed as a result of peripheral arterial disease.
South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is Taking A Stand Against Amputation. Dr. Pineda and Dr. Kokinos recently attended the “Advanced Orbital Atherectomy Course in the Treatment of Complex PAD Below the Knee” at Metro Health Hospital, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This course was led by Dr. Jihad Mustapha, a thought leader in the field of critical limb ischemia. The techniques included using alternate access sites (using the arteries at the ankle and foot for access), instead of using the traditional groin site. The course also included treatment of arteries in the foot, with the main goal being on limb preservation and amputation prevention. To date, Dr.’s Kokinos and Pineda have performed more procedures using pedal access than any other surgeons in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and are recognized as leaders in this area.
The practices expounded by Dr. Mustapha and his team are the same techniques and principles the vascular surgeons at South Bay Vascular use in their care and treatment of PAD. These include: identification and aggressive medical management of risk factors, minimally invasive interventions when indicated, and continued surveillance to detect issues before they become clinically apparent.
At South Bay Vascular, we do use alternate sites frequently, and by using this approach, decrease the rate of groin complications and the length of time that the patient has to remain flat after a procedure. Furthermore, with our growing population of diabetics and patients with kidney disease, we are better equipped to manage critical limb ischemia and prevent amputations. This course is in support of our focus on taking care of patients at risk of losing a limb.
If you or a loved one is diabetic, has kidney disease (is on dialysis), or has been told they need an amputation, please contact us for a consultation with one of our surgeons and together we will Take A Stand Against Amputation.
Polyxene Kokinos MD, a Board Certified Vascular and General Surgeon of South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute was named today as the new medical director of the O’Connor and St. Louise Hospital’s wound care clinics. Dr. Kokinos brings over 25 years of vascular surgery experience to her new position as medical director and is recognized as a national expert in the treatment of peripheral vascular and arterial disease. Dr. Kokinos has a special interest in the treatment of lower extremity and deep venous disease and is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in this area. Currently, Dr. Kokinos serves as the Chairman of the Cardio Vascular department at Good Samaritan hospital in San Jose. and is honored to accept her new medical directorship at O’Connor and St Louise hospitals.
Highly sought after as a speaker, over the past 4 months Dr. Kokinos has presented her research in deep venous disease at the OEIS national meeting in Miami, Fl.; Western Vascular Society in Colorado Springs, Co; Northern California Vascular Vascular in San Francisco, CA.; and has recently accepted an invitation to speak at the nations largest gathering of Vascular Surgeons at the American Venous Form of the Society for Vascular Surgeons scheduled for New Orleans, Louisiana in Feb of 2017.
Together with her Vascular Surgeon Partner, Dr. Carlos E. Pineda, Dr. Kokinos is excited to expand the current wound care practices at O’Connor and St. Louise Wound Care Clinics to include a specific focus on Chronic Limb Ischemia and Limb Salvage. To this extent, her experience using intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) to help diagnose and to treat deep venous disease, together with her experience delivering state of the art minimally invasive treatments for deep venous disease promises to be an exciting time as she works to transform these regional wound care clinics into world class centers of excellence.
Congratulations Dr. Kokinos on this new appointment.