Surgical Missions

Surgical Missions are designed to bring teams of professional doctors from the United States and Canada to provide for the surgical needs of patients in Guatemala who do not have the resources necessary to access this type of service. People who receive surgery have been evaluated and identified previously by our teams during our Rural Medical Missions.

Partner for Surgery (PfS) and our Guatemalan implementing partner, Asociación Compañero Para Cirugía (ACPC), coordinate 6+ Rural Medical Missions every year to reach Guatemalans without access to health care living in the most remote areas. The Rural missions evaluate patients for problems that a surgical procedure can treat.

How it works

Surgical Missions operate at out-patient clinics that include well-equipped operating rooms, a PACU, a post-op area, and a large sleeping and eating facility that can accommodate patients and their families. PfS/ACPC coordinates the transportation of patients for surgery. Every patient is accompanied by a Health Promoter, who provides all necessary patient logistics (transportation, food, temporary housing).

Before, during, and after each surgical week, our health promotors provide culturally appropriate care and attention to patients and their families. Our focus and commitment to each patient begin from when we first meet them until we walk them back home after surgery.

Our patients can access surgical procedures for general surgery, Gynecology, Plastics surgery, orthopedic, etc. For more information, please refer to our FAQs.


The amazing teams that we partner with:

  • Health for Humanity
  • Osborne Head and Neck Foundation
  • Hands and Hearts for Christ
  • Medical Missions for Children
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Dr. Doolin)
  • Smiles for Guatemala
  • Dr. Heather Osterbrink
  • Team Broken Earth
  • George Washington University
  • Love Without Boundaries
  • Hernia Society, USA