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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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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Joint Replacement Can be Improved by Bariatric Surgery

According to a presentation given at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference, 2 studies indicate that bariatric surgery before a joint replacement operation may substantially improve outcomes for patients. Although this is new research in the area of joint replacement specifically, we have seen previous research on the association between weightloss and reduced orthopedic problems. […]

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Is It as Simple as “Just Eating Less”?

Almost any person who struggles with excess weight has been told time and again that they “just need to eat less and exercise more”. This advice, whether it comes from family or strangers or even healthcare providers, is a frustrating oversimplification of a problem many don’t understand. There’s good reason to be weary of hearing […]

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Cancer Experts’ Statement on Obesity

Did you know that obesity is positioned to outrank smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer? Experts believe that it could be just years away. In addition to an increased risk of cancer, obesity can also have an impact on one’s chance of surviving certain cancers. One study found that being overweight or obese may contribute to […]

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Diabetes is Costly – How Much Patients Pay

Type 2 diabetes, which is closely tied with obesity, is a costly disease. Diabetes patients spend an average of $6,000 annually on costs for treating their disease, according to a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports Health. The cost includes doctor visits, monitoring supplies, medicines, annual eye exams and other routine expenses. This figure, large […]

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Lap Band: Have You Seen “It Fits”?

Have you seen the new “It Fits’ video? It features people finding those small moments in their day when something new – or old – fits after they’ve lost weight with bariatric surgery. Often we hear that it IS those seeming small moments, that mean so much. Sliding on your wedding right that’s been too […]

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Our Patients: Meet Buz and Lauren

Occasionally our patients make the decision to have bariatric surgery as a couple. Meet Buz and Lauren. They came to Chattanooga Bariatrics in 2001. Each had bariatric surgery, and here they are after losing a total of 320 pounds! Congratulations to a beautiful couple, on their success and determination together. Would you like to meet […]

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New Study Results: Promising for Those with Type 2 Diabetes

The findings of a study from the Cleveland Clinic show promising long-term results for weight loss surgery patients with type 2 diabetes:  three years after having gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures, most patients maintained control of the disease and were no longer dependent on diabetes medication. Ninety to ninety-five percent of the patients who had […]

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