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Hospital de la Familia: Obesity and bariatric surgery in Mexico

Mexicali Health Care

In 2003, Hospital de la Familia, (Family Hospital), in Mexico was created by a group of doctors seeking a higher standard of medical care to meet the demands of the region. They provide a range of bariatric and weight loss treatments including lap band, gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, gastric plication and intragastric balloon.

Hospital de la Familia is one of the elite hospitals in the city with some of the most recognized surgeons in the region. Because of the proximity to the United States, it has board certified and experienced medical surgeons, high-tech state of the art facility, and a medical tourism department team that’s always available to assist you during your experience. These are only a few reasons why Hospital de la Familia is considered one of the top destinations for medical tourism in Mexico.


Family Hospital has been featured in international publications such as The New York Times, French TV, Current TV, and China news. Approximately 60% of the patients in the hospital live in the US or are American. This is why the hospital has turned a strong focus to provide the best Medical Tourism service.



Family Hospital offers 23 private patient rooms staffed by doctors and specialized personnel that understand how important it is to make you feel at home during your stay, whether it's a few hours or several days.


Operating theatres

5 complete surgery rooms, pre-operative and recovery rooms plus Adult & Pediatric IC Units.


24 hour Intensive Care & Emergency Unit

Family hospital has the technology, personnel, and specially designed areas; that require an efficient and opportune care on a patient who arrives to our emergency unit. Areas are separated between Adult & Pediatric areas, ready to provide service at any time.

Family Hospital in Mexicali


Hospital de la Familia is equipped with cutting edge technology in areas such as radiology, homodynamic and ultrasound, tomography & a Gynecology-Obstetrics unit.

Obesity and weight loss services at Hospital de la Familia in Mexico

The hospital is pleased to have the services of a highly experienced and qualified bariatric surgeon:

Dr Marco Antonio Sarinana Guridi - Bariatric Surgeon

  • Graduate of the UABC Faculty of Medicine in Mexicali, Mexico.
  • Social service internships followed in Mexicali and Ensenada.
  • Received Advanced Laparascopic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery training in Tijuana, as well as a Fellowship in Gastric Banding and Gastric Ballon.
  • Specializing in Diagnostic Endoscopy and Endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Certification in Gastric Band Placement and Intragastric Ball, Guadalajara, 2007
  • He has performed close to 600 Endoscopies, 350 Colonoscopies, and over 1,100 weight loss surgeries, including gastric band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass procedures.


Family Hospital provides a broad range of obesity services including:

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Gastric Sleeve

The Gastric Sleeve, also called Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together with surgical staples to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically (keyhole surgery) and is not reversible.

Find out more about gastric sleeve treatment at Family Hospital (downloads PDF 16MB)

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is considered by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and the National Institute of Health to be the gold standard of weight loss surgery, and the single most successful procedure for excess weight loss and long-term weight control. The surgery has been performed by laparoscopic methods since 1997, which results in smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and reduced risk of internal organ damage and infection when compared to the traditional open incision technique.

Gastric Band

Gastric Band surgery is an adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed and increases the time it takes for food to be digested.

Mexicali map

Intragastric Balloon

The Intragastric Balloon is designed to provide short-term weight loss therapy. The silicone balloon is placed endoscopically and filled with liquid so it partially fills the stomach and creates a feeling of fullness. Six months is the maximum time a balloon can be left in place, after which it must be removed.

Duodenal Switch

A weight loss surgery procedure that is composed of a restrictive and malabsorptive aspect. The restrictive portion of the surgery involves removing 70% of the stomach along the greater curvature. The malabsorptive portion of the surgery reroutes a lengthy portion of the small intestine, to create two separate pathways and one common channel. The objective is to reduce the amount of time the body has to capture calories from food in the small intestine.

Read more about bariatric surgery at Family Hospital (downloads PDF 14MB).


How much does it cost?

  • Lap Band
  • Gastric Sleeve               
  • Gastric Bypass              
  • Duoduenal Switch       
  • Gastric Plication           
  • Intragastric Ballon             


$ 5,500 USD ( includes 2 night stay )

$ 6,500 USD (includes 3 night stay)

$ 8,000 USD (includes 4 night stay)

$ 8,000 USD (includes 4 night stay)

$ 6,500 USD (includes 3 night stay)

$ 3,200 USD (includes 1 night stay)


Where is Mexicali?

Mexicali is located on the eastern side of Baja California. It is linked to other cities in California, via Calexico, Ca; the neighboring border city on the U.S. side. Visitors can cross the border by foot or car coming from the United States. Travelers can also reach Mexicali through its international airport located 20 miles from the city. 

Medical tourists visiting Family Hospital will be met on arrival at San Diego, CA airport and/or Yuma, AZ.

Carlo Bonfante: Operative Director: Mexicali Health Care
Carlo Bonfante: Operative Director: Mexicali Health Care

Contact Hospital de la Familia for Weight Loss Services in Mexico

Contact Carlo Bonfante: carlo@mexicalihealthcare.com 

Tel:  +52 (686)565-7555

Email: cbonfante@hospitaldelafamilia.com.mx 

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