New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy new year! Many of us make resolutions this time of year, hoping to change something in our lives. If you made a resolution to lose weight, you’re in good company. Tens of millions of Americans resolve that they will lose weight or get more fit starting January 1. Although making a resolution can be […]

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ReShape Announces: Dr. Jaime Ponce Performs First ReShape Procedure in USA

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2015 – ReShape Medical® today announced that the first commercial U.S. patient has received the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System following its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July.  ReShape provides a new option for adults with a BMI of 30-40 and a related health condition who haven’t […]

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Dr. Ponce: One of 1st in the Country to Offer ReShape Weight Loss Balloon

We are proud that Dr. Jaime Ponce is one of the first doctors in the country to be offering the ReShape balloon for weight loss. Dr. Ponce was the principle investigator in the clinical trials for the ReShape balloon. ReShape was the first balloon to earn approval for use in the US, and is now […]

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Weight Loss Balloon is Now Available

We are happy to announce the weight loss ballon is now approved, and Dr. Jaime Ponce is offering this treatment option for patients in Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new device which is called “ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System.” You may also hear […]

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Helping Kids with Their Weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 75 million adults with obesity in the US. However it is not just adults who are affected by the growing rates of obesity, but children, too. Alarming rates of both overweight and obesity have been observed in children as young as preschoolers. What can be done […]

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Metabolically Healthy Obesity?

Have you heard someone talk about “metabolically healthy obesity”? When people refer to ‘metabolically healthy obesity” (MHO), this specifically applies to individuals who are obese, but remain free from high cholesterol and other metabolic health problems typically associated with excess weight. As many as 1 in 3 individuals fall into this category. Does this mean these people do […]

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Dr. Ponce’s ReShape Balloon Patient in News

Chattannooga Bariatrics patient Joshua Lynn was featured on the NBC news station WRCB, for his recent weight loss. Joshua is a patient of Dr. Ponce, and has been losing weight with the new ReShape Duo Intragastric Balloon – commonly called the ReShape weight loss balloon. The ReShape balloon is a nonsurgical option for weight loss. The […]

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5 Year Results from Lap Band Study

Is the Lap Band effective in patients with a lower BMI, in the range of 30 – 40? Recently, results of a five year study which covered multiple centers, help to answer that question. Researchers wanted to examine whether the Lap Band is effective in these patients. In setting up their study, the criteria for […]

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Dr. Ponce Interviewed About ReShape Weight Loss Balloon

Dr. Ponce was featured in an interview for Endocrine Today, about the ReShape balloon. The video interview and article, shared on Helio, says: “‘An intragastric balloon device can intensify weight reduction therapies beyond behavioral modifications and pharmacotherapy without proceeding all the way to bariatric surgery,’ said Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS, past president of the American […]

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Chattanooga Bariatrics & Balloon Featured on ABC News9

Chattanooga Bariatrics and Dr. Jaime Ponce were featured on ABC News9, in association with the ReShape Balloon. We were the first practice in the US to offer ReShape for weightloss. The news article says: “According to the CDC More than 78.6 million adults are obese. Thanks to a successful clinical trial, moderately obese people who are […]

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Emergency Surgery and the Risk of Obesity

We know that obesity is a risk factor for diseases like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and some cancers. But there are other ways obesity is dangerous too. One of these is highlighted by a new study which found that people who are obese face major risks when they are admitted to the hospital for […]

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Fluttering Heart and Weight Loss

Have you heard of “AFib”? It’s a condition that approximately 2.7 million Americans have, although some may not know it. AFib is short for “atrial fibrillation” and it involves irregular beating of the heart. Some people describe it as they feel their heart flutter or skip a beat. According to the American Heart Association, only […]

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Our Patients: Meet Carol

This was Carol on April 14, 2013. She weighed 225 pounds.   Carol had bariatric surgery and worked very hard. This is Carol less than 1 year later, weighing 124 pounds! Carol says, “I’m almost half the woman I once was. I feel AMAZING. Thank you Lord, from the bottom of my heart.” Learn more […]

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Do Commercial Weight Loss Programs Work?

Has your doctor recommended a weight loss program? Research has shown that patients advised to lose weight by their physicians dropped more pounds on average than those who didn’t receive a recommendation. It is certainly a promising finding, but it leaves the question of how overweight patients should go about losing weight? Should patients be […]

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