Leg swelling is not a normal part of aging—
and can be a sign of serious issues.
by Polly Kokinos, MD, RPVI

Chronic leg swelling on one side (usually the left leg) may be caused by Iliac Vein Compression, which is a little-known but fairly common condition that occurs when the left iliac vein gets “squeezed” between the spine and the right iliac artery. Although this condition is not life-threatening, leg swelling can greatly impact one’s quality of life, and can lead to wound healing problems or deep blood clots.

Dr. Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos is the founder of South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute and one of Northern California’s most experienced and trusted vascular surgeons. She has been active in doing clinical research for this condition and has treated more of these types of patients than any other physician on the West Coast.

Dr. Kokinos explains, “Many patients have the common misconception is that leg swelling is a normal part of aging—or caused by being a few pounds overweight. That is not often the case. Problems in the circulation system can cause a variety of serious issues, ranging from spider veins and varicose veins and leg swelling, non-healing wounds, and blood clots. These are not just cosmetic problems.”

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Kokinos and her team of specially trained professionals are dedicated to providing compassionate outpatient care for patients suffering from a wide range of circulatory problems such as swollen, aching legs, non-healing leg wounds, blood clots (DVT), dialysis access problems, varicose veins, and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

South Bay Vascular’s main office in Campbell includes a medical clinic, state-of the art ultrasound lab and nationally accredited out-patient ambulatory surgery center all under one roof. Patients receive the most advanced treatment available as well as compassionate care in a warm, welcoming environment. Patients say that the friendly office staff is very responsive scheduling appointments, answering questions, and handling all insurance claims.

With offices in both Campbell (2255 South Bascom Avenue) and Gilroy (8420 Church Street), South Bay Vascular clinics are easily accessible to patients throughout the South Bay. To learn more, call
408-376-3626 or visit SouthBayVascular.com.


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’s going on.”

The physicians and staff at South Bay Vascular Center, with offices in both Campbell and Gilroy, CA. are recognized experts in how to diagnose and treat leg swelling. If you or anyone you know suffers from leg swelling, especially left leg swelling call us today to schedule an appointment at 408-376-3626.

South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute…..“We offer hope when others say there is none”