DR. POLYXENE KOKINOS…AN INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY VASCULAR SURGEON SERVING SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS FOR 24 YEARS

For 24 years, Dr. Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos has worked in the greater San Francisco Bay Area community as an independent vascular surgeon, dedicating her time to serving patients suffering from vascular disease.

With offices in both Campbell, CA and Gilroy, CA Dr. Kokinos has worked with over 25,000 patients helping them as they suffer from circulatory illnesses and the impact of their disease. From the most delicate to the most complex surgical care, Dr. Kokinos’ and her staff have remained independent community physicians, offering patients an alternative to the “Big Box” medical systems of Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda Counties (Kaiser, PAMF, Sutter, Stanford) by offering unmatched personalized care and innovative surgical techniques to advance the care and treatment of her patients.

“We offer hope when others say there is none” is more than a simple message crafted by a marketing agent. It is at the core of everything we do and is the reason why we our facility operates in the most personal way available…

One Patient, One Doctor, One Nurse

South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute, located in Campbell, CA is the only fully accredited privately owned state of surgery center in the South Bay dedicated entirely to the practice of Vascular Surgery. Here, Dr. Kokinos provides unmatched vascular surgical care using cutting edge imaging and device technology that no other vascular surgeon or institution in the area can offer as she continues her pioneering work in the treatment of vascular disease.

Recognized by her peers as a national expert in the care of complex vascular disease, Dr. Kokinos is highly sought after as a speaker at national and international vascular surgical conferences and educational symposia. On March 4 2020 as part of her ongoing commitment to her community, Dr. Kokinos spoke in San Mateo, CA. addressing a large group of her peers as an invited guest of Global Education Group and Educational Awareness Solutions under a grant from Philips Image Guided Therapy. Her topic was “The Essential Role of the Primary Community Care Team in the Management of Lower Extremity Arterial and Venous Disease”

Her talk focused on Vascular diseases, “Including peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and venous thromboembolism and their prevalence in the US. When unrecognized or inadequately treated, these disorders may be life threatening and disabling. The therapeutic an diagnostic landscape for vascular conditions is rapidly evolving; yet there remains an unmet need for more awareness among healthcare professionals and patients.” As a recognized expert in her field, Dr. Kokinos was asked to address these topics with her peers, offering solutions and answering questions and was honored to present at this event.

As an independent community surgeon, Dr Kokinos isn’t forced to achieve the “productivity” targets or revenue targets that are by design a part of “Big Box” Medicine. Her practice has always been one of service to her community and as such continues taking emergency vascular call at Good Samaritan Hospital, O’Connor and El Camino Hospital’s in the Silicon Valley. She has served as the chair of vascular surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Headed the wound care clinic at Good Samaritan, O’Connor and St Louis hospitals and continues to treat patients at the O’Connor Wound Care Clinic.

As an independent community physician Dr. Kokinos focuses her work on providing cutting edge care in the treatment of the most difficult vascular problems. Free from “corporate” medicine Dr Kokinos’ practice is dedicated to finding the “Why” you are suffering so that you have “real” solutions to living a healthy life. At South Bay Vascular, our first job is to listen. We take the time to fully understand your symptoms so that we can provide the best possible solutions to get your legs and your life back…and that’s what she has been doing for over 24 years.

Unlike Big Box medical practices where doctors see the patients on their “list” every morning, Dr. Kokinos must earn the trust and respect of everyone she sees. She’s knows each and every one of her patients by name and everyone who comes in to see Dr. Kokinos gets her cell phone to call if they ever have a problem. It’s what she does and what she’s always done, building her practice patient by patient, referring physician by referring physician for the past 24 years.

If you or anyone you love suffers from vascular disease, we would be honored to meet with you to discuss your symptoms. Please call our office at 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment.

PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE (PVD)

Peripheral vascular disease, sometimes referred to as PVD, in the legs or lower extremities is the narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs.

Dr. Polyxene G Kokinos, founder of San Jose’s South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is a board certified general and vascular surgeon who specializes in treating patients who suffer from this condition. For 24 years, Dr. Kokinos has dedicated her practice to helping South Bay patients regain their circulatory health by bringing advanced surgical solutions to complex vascular problems. Having treated over 20,000 Varicose Vein patients, Dr. Kokinos understands both the aesthetic as well as the complex side of her field and is recognized one of the regions most respected surgeons.

Recent advances in both imaging and medical device technology has revolutionized the practice of Vascular Surgery. Of particular interest to Dr. Kokinos is treating vessels in the deep venous systems, as well as the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Having performed hundreds of these procedures, Dr. Kokinos has found that many of her patients, being properly treated and educated are able to make great strides to regaining their health and quality of life.

Recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a patient educational bulletin that Dr. Kokinos shares with her patients as part of re-educating them to live a healthier life and to recognize the symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease. As part of her continuing efforts to educate her patients, she wanted to share this handout, written and published by the CDC for patients following her blog to read.

Please click on the link below to receive this CDC authored bulletin in the hopes that you too can begin to live a healthier life and become aware of the signs of peripheral vascular disease.

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/pad.htm?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fdhdsp%2Fdata_statistics%2Ffact_sheets%2Ffs_pad.htm

If you or anyone you know suffers from peripheral vascular disease call today to schedule an appointment at 408-376-3626.

LEG SWELLING FOLLOWING COSMETIC VEIN OR BACK SURGERY

Every year thousands of patients in the US undergo cosmetic vein procedures in the hope of getting rid of their swollen legs and unsightly varicose veins. In like manner, many patients having back surgery also suffer from swollen legs following their surgery. Unfortunately, in a large percentage of these patients, a well known but often unrecognized and undiagnosed condition know as Iliac Vein Compression is the cause of this unexpected complication. Further complicating this issue is that even when the procedure is successful, patients complain of on-going leg swelling, heaviness, and pain in their legs.

Internet searches for, “Why do my legs continue to swell following my varicose vein or back surgery?” are everywhere on the internet and lead many patients to simplified, incomplete answers. Confused, patients return to their primary care or specialist seeking answers to their questions and are told that leg swelling is a known complication of this kind of procedure and that they must learn to live with this complication. Patients are left in a difficult position where they continue to suffer and have no answers for what to do next

Over the past 5 years, significant advances in medical imaging and device technology have given Vascular surgeons new ways to treat leg swelling. Today, with the help of this new technology, trained vascular surgeons are able to restore normal blood flow to the lower legs in a straightforward, outpatient procedure that has led to significantly better outcomes than ever before possible.

Dr. Kokinos, a board certified vascular and general surgeon, is a nationally recognized expert in treating a medical condition known as iliac-vein compression or May Thurner’s disease. In her nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center located in Campbell, CA. Dr Kokinos has performed over 250 IVUS procedures (a specialized intravascular ultrasound scan) to evaluate for and to treat this disease. Dr. Kokinos is a highly sought after expert in this area of vascular surgery and has has presented her findings at pre-eminent vascular surgery conferences in Miami, Fl. OEIS, San Francisco Vascular Surgery meetings and in Cypress, Greece where she has spoken to global audiences about her work in the care and treatment of patients suffering from swollen legs.

If you or anyone you know suffers from swollen legs, especially left leg swelling, have been diagnosed with a DVT (blood clot), or experiences leg swelling, excessive pain following a cosmetic vein procedure (EVLT, Laser Sclerotheraphy etc.) or back surgery ask your physician to speak with you about May-Thurner’s disease and Iliac Vein Compression.

At South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute we can help fix your swollen, achy legs and can help you “Get Back Your Life”.

If you or anyone you know suffers from a swollen leg following a cosmetic vein or back surgery, give us a call at 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment.