Chattanooga Bariatrics is now CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care

***Same location, same quality of care and now more options to offer our patients***


NEW self-pay price for the GASTRIC SLEEVE: $12,000*

*Conditions apply

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Bariatric Surgery

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Chattanooga Bariatrics offers different types of weight loss procedures including the gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, and new nonsurgical weight loss balloon procedures. The weight loss balloons we offer are Orbera, and the Obalon balloon system which is the first and only FDA approved balloon system that you swallow. We are dedicated to a comprehensive treatment program to help patients with obesity lose weight and keep it off. In addition to losing weight, bariatric surgery assists some patients in reducing life-threatening co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and reflux disease.

We understand that losing weight and maintaining the weight loss over an extended period of time is difficult, but we also recognize that each individual patient has special needs. Understanding those needs allows us to promote the strong motivation and long-term commitment that are crucial to modifying eating behaviors. Our staff recognizes that altering lifetime habits requires education, emotional support and commitment. We will help you to make a decision that will modify your eating behavior and assist you in making the necessary lifestyle changes that can lead you to better health.



“Sweet, friendly, compassionate, warm, wonderful… I feel he is the expert in the U.S.

Dr. Ponce’s surgical competance and bedside banner were both EXCELLENT!” ~ Laura

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Two Innovative Weight Loss Balloon Options


The Orbera weight loss balloon is a non-surgical approach to safe and effective weight loss. The deflated balloon is placed in your stomach while you’re lightly sedated, and then filled with saline to about the size of a grapefruit. After 6 months, Orbera is removed in a quick and easy procedure.

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The Obalon Balloon System is the first and only set of balloons that you can swallow like a pill. Recently FDA approved, this weight loss balloon system is placed in about 10 minutes, generally with no down time. The balloons are lightweight and filled with gas. They are removed after 6 months.

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