We are honored to have been selected by Good Housekeeping Magazine and Woman’s Day Magazine as the most trusted vascular surgeon in the South Bay Area region. Read this upcoming feature that showcases Dr. Polly Kokinos and the South Bay Vascular team—and why more doctors refer their patients to Dr. Kokinos than to any other vascular surgeon in Silicon Valley.
Type “Varicose Vein Doctor” into your Google search and in seconds, you’re overwhelmed by results.
Each link points to a different website. Each site claims their “Vein Doctor” is the “best” and every practitioner claims to have the “bona-fides” to back-up these claims. Credentials span the continuum from Academic Institution Affiliations, (claiming to be X, Y or Z University Affiliated); to Chair-Personships (they “chaired’ this or that medical departments in the “Big Box” health care systems they came from (i.e. Kaiser, PAMF, or Sutter) to Medical Journal Publications…all this in an apparent attempt to equate administrative responsibilities with clinical excellence. Some of the bolder in the group even claim they trained at the best medical schools hoping to convince potential patients that by attending a great medical school they are the best physician for the procedure.
AN ESPECIALLY CONCERNING TREND IS A PHYSICIAN’S USE OF GOOGLE ADWORDS TO ADVANCE THEIR MESSAGE
If a vein doctor’s website shows up in your Google Search and you see that the listing starts with the word “AD” …be careful. It means that the owner of this practice is paying Google a special Advertising fee to get their name to the top of the search results. This is an attempt by this physician to “BUY LEGITIMACY”. Businesses PAYING google to display their ads above the practitioners who have EARNED this privilege is a great way for Google to make money. Unfortunately, it can be deceiving to people who think that because a doctor’s website pops up at the top of the search results that they must be the best. (On a separate note…If a physician’s website DOES show up at the top of the search results and DOES NOT have the word “AD” in front of it, IT IS a sign that this physician has many website visitors and that they have been around for a long time…Especially if this listing is followed by a large number of Google Reviews.) It also means that this physician has EARNED their reputation, and NOT purchased their website ranking. A word of warning to patients searching for an experienced vein care professionals. Anyone can pay to elevate their search rankings on Google; regardless of their experience.
IGNORE websites with paid “AD’s”, especially if they don’t have any verified Google reviews.
To make things even more difficult, it can be very confusing just trying to figure out what kind of doctor actually does varicose vein procedures. Some doctors call themselves “Vein Specialists”. Others call themselves “Vein Experts”. You’ll also see the labels “Phlebologist” and “Vascular Expert”. Finally, there is the “Vascular Surgeon”. You ask yourself, do all of these physicians fix varicose veins? If so, what’s the difference? (Learn more by clicking on the following link). https://www.southbayvascular.com/blog/vascular-surgeon-vs-phlebologist-vs-vein-specialist/ Every one of these “Vein Doctors” promises to rid you of your ugly, painful veins, leg swelling and non-healing ulcers. Every one of them posts photos showing off their work to prove their point.
Let’s face it, it’s confusing. All you really want is to get your veins “fixed” so that next time you get invited to a pool party you can wear shorts or a skirt again without being “mortified” by how bad your legs look. So, what’s next?
Lost in this hype, finding the right doctor to treat your varicose veins might seem impossible. Choosing the best doctor for your specific vein condition is a difficult decision and not one that you should take lightly. Only after serious consideration of the available options should this decision be made and in the best of all worlds, it should be made in consultation with your primary care physician…and this is the probably the most important message in this post.
LISTEN TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR
They’ve been in this community a long time and they know who is good and who is not. Their referral should be your number one reason to make an appointment with a Varicose Vein Doctor.
In the best of scenarios, patients should visit as many doctors as they can; interview them and question them about everything relating to their condition and their ability to help you…but remember, your primary care doctor has been doing this for a long time. They’ve got the benefit of having seen the results from different doctors and on the strength of their recommendation, you should have the confidence to know that you are making the right choice.
Here are a few things varicose vein patients should keep in mind:
- Remember, these are your legs. You deserve the best and you deserve to “Love Your Legs Again”.
- Don’t be frightened to ask your doctor tough questions.
- Don’t just ask your vein doctor how long they have been in practice, ask them how long they have been doing these specific kinds of vein procedures. Ask them how many of these procedures they’ve done.
- If your doctor is in private practice, ask them how long they have owned their own practice. This is important because getting things done right in a private practice is significantly more difficult than getting work done in a University Hospital or Big Box Medical System.
- How many of these procedures have you done RECENTLY….if they do less than 25-30/ month, you might want to seriously consider finding another option
- What kind of complications might you expect…every person is different and if your doctor says your legs will look as good as they did when you were 20, you might want to consider seeing someone else.
- Who does your ultrasounds…are your ultrasound techs RVT’s (Registered Vascular Technologists?) Are they done “in-house” by full time Vascular ultrasonographers or are they done by “travelling” ultrasonographers who just work in their office a few times a week and who are not full time employees of the medical office.
- Most importantly, is your Vascular lab IAC Accredited? This is especially important as your doctor will make their diagnosis on the basis of your ultrasound report and an IAC accreditation guarantees the best of the best studies are being done at that particular lab.
- Who reads the ultrasounds….is it an RPVI registered physician, not simply a radiologist… as the two physicians will look for vastly different signs relating to vascular disease and health. Keep in mind if the study isn’t read correctly, the procedure can go poorly.
- Finally, ask your “Vein Specialist” about what happens if you have a complication Ask your provider if they have “Admitting privileges” at the local hospital in the event something goes wrong during the procedure and what their plan is if their procedure fails.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH!
South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute brings 24 years and 20,000 vein procedures to you as our patients. As the leading independent Vascular Surgery practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, more local independent physicians refer their vein patients to Dr Kokinos than to any other vascular surgeon in the greater Silicon Valley Region.
WE OFFER HOPE WHEN OTHER SAYS THERE IS NONE!
Call us today at 408-376-3626 to schedule your vein consultation
Your health care is complicated enough… finding the right Vascular Surgeon shouldn’t be!
Experience counts when it comes to your health
Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos MD. RPVI. Board Certified in Vascular and General Surgery
Silicon Valley’s Most Trusted Vascular Surgeon.
Dr Kokinos…The Confidence of knowing you made the Right choice for your Vascular care.
- The confidence of knowing that your vascular surgeon has been taking care of South Bay patients with vascular disease for almost 30 years.
- The confidence of knowing that your surgeon built her private practice one patient at a time for almost a quarter of a century…BECAUSE referring PHYSICIANS TRUST Dr Kokinos to deliver the best possible outcomes for their patients: even in the most difficult of circumstances.
- The confidence of knowing that your surgeon delivers both world class and compassionate care. That Dr Kokinos is the only Vascular surgeon in the South Bay who has built an independent, nationally accredited, state of the art Vascular Surgery Center of Excellence where SHE takes care of her patients…where cutting edge care is at the heart of everything that she does.
- The confidence of knowing that your surgeon has earned the trust of local physicians. More independent local physicians refer their vascular patients to Dr Kokinos than to any other vascular surgeon in Silicon Valley.
- The confidence of knowing you will receive the most Advanced and Innovative Care found anywhere in the world…No other vascular surgery practice in Silicon Valley offers a combination of the imaging, device and care options that South Bay Vascular Center can offer to their patients in their private, AAAASF nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center dedicated entirely to the treatment of complex vascular disease. “We offer hope when others say there is none”
- The confidence of knowing you will receive Personalized Care…” One Doctor, One Patient, One Nurse” …We’re NOT a hospital; we are more. That’s why we provide individualized care. At South Bay Vascular Center, we care for you as a person, not just as another patient. Our job is to understand the “why” so that you have real solutions to living a healthy life.
- The confidence of knowing you will receive Simplified Care: ALL your vascular care under one roof. Clinical care, Vascular Ultrasound care, and Surgical care. All your care in a single facility.
South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute. Silicon Valley’s Vascular Surgeon.
Do you Suffer From Iliac Vein Compression?
To answer that question, take a few seconds to consider the following:
- Are your legs swollen? Is your left leg larger than your right?
- Is it harder to slip one shoe on in the morning than the other?
- Have you had cosmetic or other surgical procedure done and not gotten the outcome you wanted?
- Are you a cancer patient undergoing treatment or procedures?
- Have you ever suffered from a blood clot or (DVT) in your leg
- Do you visit a wound care clinic with little to no success?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you MAY be suffering from a well known, but previously difficult to diagnose problem called May-Thurner’s Syndrome.
May Thurner’s Syndrome, also known as iliac Vein Compression, is a condition where the main artery supplying blood to the leg pushes down or compresses the main vein taking blood back to your heart. In the illustration below you can see in the far right graphic a “representation” of this compression. One way to help think of what happens when a patient suffers from iliac vein compressions is to consider what happens when a car tire partially runs over a garden hose in your driveway.
If the hose was “on” when you drove over it, water will continue to come out of the hose end but the flow rate will decrease. In a similiar way, blood returning to your heart will continue to flow if you have developed iliac vein compression, but the rate at which it returns is slowed down, resulting in a pooling of blood (i.e. swelling) in your leg.
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. In fact, studies have shown that in a full 30% of ALL people, the left iliac vein can be significantly compressed by the right iliac artery resulting in some kind of leg symptom….aching, heaviness, and most commonly, swelling or non-healing of wounds in the leg veins.
Swollen legs ARE 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. To diagnose and to treat this condition and the potentially deadly side effects caused by it (Blood Clots or Deep Venous Thrombosis) Dr. Kokinos has assembled a highly skilled team of vascular ultrasonographer’s who have developed a specialized screening protocol to evaluate for Iliac Vein Compression. Using state of the art ultrasonic imaging technology Dr. Kokinos’ Registered Vascular Ultrasonographer’s use this new protocol to scan up into the abdomen of their patients to examine the physics of the blood flow in this area. If a compression is identified during this ultrasound exam, Dr. Kokinos is able to further verify and treat this problem using a super specialized device called IVUS (Intra-vascular ultrasound) where she can insert a miniuture camera into the actual vein to determine the length of the compression after which she can place a stent to “re-open” this compressed vessel to re-establish normal blood flow.
To date, Dr. Kokinos has successfully performed over 200 of these iliac vein stent procedures in her state of the art out-patient angiography suite. She has lectured extensively at major vascular surgery meetings on her approach and success helping patients reduce leg swelling, increase the rate of wound healing and return to a normal way of living and is seen by her peers as an expert in this technique.
If you are currently experiencing a swollen leg, have a non healing leg, foot,or ankle wounds or have ever suffered a blood clot (DVT) please contact our office at 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment.
Don’t suffer from swollen legs or non-healing leg ulcers any longer.
We can help!
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.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 18 million people in the United States suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. Estimates suggest that anywhere from 12 to 20 percent of individuals over the age of 60 are living with PAD. Approximately 160,000 to 180,000 of the estimated 18 million Americans with PAD will undergo a limb amputation as result of PAD-related condition this year, resulting in lower quality of life, high medical costs, and shorter life expectancy.
But even with these alarming numbers, APPROXIMATELY 3 OUT OF 4 AMERICANS are unaware of PAD Symptoms.
Severe PAD symptoms include:
- Leg pain,
- Wounds on the toes or feet,
- Gangrene and
- A loss of leg mass compared to the rest of the body.
- Individuals are at greatest risk for PAD if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
Dr. Polly G Kokinos, a board certified Vascular and General Surgeon in Campbell, CA. is recognized as one of the regions foremost authorities in the diagnosis and treatment of PAD. With offices in both Campbell and Gilroy, CA. Dr Kokinos has dedicated her entire career to serving the South County community as an independent physician and as a pioneer in the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Unburdened by the productivity metrics, financial benchmarks and administrative red tape commonly found in Big Box Medical Systems, Dr. Kokinos has focused her entire career on providing exceptional vascular care building her practice one patient at a time. Her Campbell Surgery center, a nationally accredited Vascular Surgery Center of Excellence, is entirely dedicated to treating patients suffering from complex vascular surgical disorders. Unlike a traditional hospital or university operating room, Dr. Kokinos’ surgery center is entirely dedicated to addressing vascular issues ensuring that she has the most advanced imaging and device technology available anywhere in the world.
Unfortunately, even with all of her skill experience and technology, many patients don’t find Dr. Kokinos until its too late. Many patients go under diagnosed or undiagnosed until it is too late and their medical condition has declined to the point where no one can help. In this circumstance patients lose limbs, suffer unnecessarily and become an incredible burden on their family and loved ones. In the worst cases, patients can die if their leg wounds are left untreated.
In an effort to help front line medical doctors better evaluate and diagnose peripheral arterial disease Dr. Kokinos has spoken extensively to the Primary Community Care Team (Internists, Podiatrists, Orthopaedic Surgeons) in the management of lower extremity arterial and venous disease. As is the case in most instances, early detection of peripheral arterial disease has a dramatic impact on the success of any future treatments.
Bridging this educational gap was the topic of a recent talk Dr. Kokinos was honored to give in March of 2020 to a group of Northern California primary care physicians. The focus of this talk was to help primary care and referring physicians better understand the etiology (the cause of a disease or condition) its diagnosis, management, and referral strategies for peripheral arterial and venous disease.
The key takeaways from her talk are outlined below:
- Prevalence of PAD and Venous Disease have reached epidemic proportions.
- Peripheral Arterial and Venous Disease are both associated with high rates of disability and death.
- Identifying arterial disease early may improve a patients quality of life and allow early medical and surgical interventions to lower the risk of critical limb ischemia and amputation.
- Identifying venous disease can greatly improve a patients quality of live and lower their risk of dying from this disease.
- Despite greater awareness, PAD and Venous disease are still under-recognized and under treated.
- Due to the complex nature of vascular disease, an evidence-based multidisciplinary approach is essential to early assessment, proper diagnosis and optimal treatment
- Minimally invasive endovascular techniques now enable vascular surgeons to treat significantly higher numbers of patients with a lower complication and death rate
- Appropriate referrals to specialists must be emphasized if physicians are to continue to improve the lives of patients with PAD
Her underlying message to the audience was that primary care physicians are a patients first line of defense. Helping patients achieve better outcomes requires early recognition and management on the part of the primary care physician and that early referral to a vascular surgeon is essential to the successful outcome of advanced treatments.
If you or anyone you love suffers from any of the symptoms outlined in this blog, we would be honored to speak with them to discuss their symptoms. Call Dr. Kokinos’ office at South Bay Vascular Center to schedule an appointment at 408-376-3626.
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.
Dr. Kokinos was recently honored at the American Venous Forum in New Orleans as a expert on the treatment of deep venous disease. Her groundbreaking research on the Correlation of Transabdominal Ultrasound with IVUS in Diagnosing Iliac Vein Stenosis adds to the growing body of medical literature in the evolving field of deep venous pathology and treatment. Congratulations Dr. Kokinos on your recent honor.
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.
South Bay Vascular Center and Vein institute is pleased to announce the opening of the South Bay’s only Dialysis Access Center with full time Vascular Surgery Coverage.
The new dialysis access center is the only full service access center of its kind in the South Bay. By offering full time vascular Surgery coverage the new center provides an unmatched level of care not found anywhere else in the South Bay. Dialysis access complications are treated quickly and effectively enabling dialysis patients to return to their dialysis sessions with minimal disturbance to their lives. Complications encountered in dialysis can be completely treated by qualified surgeons without the need for secondary referrals and or delays in the treatment of clotted or failed grafts.
The new center has an on-site accredited full service vascular lab to assist patients in the rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment of any complications associated with dialysis access.
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