Dr. Francisco Contreras Guarista
Always Available for His Patients
Dr. Francisco Contreras Guarista is a renowned bariatric surgeon practicing in Tijuana, Mexico. A board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Contreras has been successfully performing weight loss surgeries for over 16 Years.
Dr. Contreras obtained his medical degree in 1996 from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. He began performing laparoscopic surgery in 2006. In 2009 Dr. Contreras was appointed Bariatric Training Professor for the Medical Laparoscopic Association of Baja California.
Dr. Contreras dedicates his life to his work and his patients. He chose to work in bariatrics because he understands that the disease of obesity leads to many co-morbidities, complications, and a poor quality of life. It brings him joy to be a part of the solution by helping to prevent illnesses associated with obesity.
Dr. Contreras’ philosophy is to not only provide state-of-the-art treatment for his patients in Tijuana, Mexico, but also to build a lifelong relationship with each and every patient. It is his belief that a good physician–patient relationship is crucial to lasting success. He wants his patients to know that he understands how it feels to be a surgical patient, and he treats all his patients with compassion and special care because that is the way he would want to be treated himself.
Dr. Contreras is always available to provide aftercare to his patients. His advice for patients choosing a surgeon is that a patient should look for a doctor that can be two steps ahead in order to prevent complications.
"If we look at the overall picture, doing the surgical procedure is the easy part, the important thing is being aware of the small details, which if overlooked can cause great problems." Dr. Contreras
- 1992-1996: Degree in General Medicine from Faculty of Medicine Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
- 2002-2004: Residency in General Surgery at Tijuana General Hospital, IMSS Clinic 1
- 2004 - 2006: Specialization in Laparoscopic Surgery at Tijuana General Hospital, IMSS Clinic 1
- 2006: Certification in Advanced Bariatric Surgery at General Hospital of Tijuana
- 2006: Certification in Vascular and Oncology Surgery at General Hospital of Tijuana
"We make weight-loss surgery safe and affordable."
Expert in Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr. Contreras is a recognized expert in laparoscopic surgery. In fact, he trains other doctors in Tijuana, Mexico, in the latest advancements in laparoscopic technology.
Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgery. Instead of making large incisions and exposing the interior of the body, laparoscopic surgeons make small incisions and operate within the body with the help of surgical cameras. When utilized by trained experts like Dr. Contreras, laparoscopic techniques result in fewer complications, reduced scarring, and quicker recoveries.
Dr. Contreras uses laparoscopic methods for all of his bariatric surgeries, including gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. To learn more about receiving expert care from Dr. Contreras in Tijuana, Mexico, contact our practice today.