CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care

CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care offers different types of weight loss procedures including the gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, and nonsurgical weight loss balloon systems. The weight loss balloons we offer 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 gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

We understand that losing weight and maintaining the weight loss over an extended period of time is difficult, and we 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. Altering lifetime habits requires education, emotional support and commitment and our team can help you modify your eating behavior and assist you in making the necessary lifestyle changes that can lead you to better health.

For more information, visit chattanoogabariatrics.com.


Offering Non-surgical options as low as $6,000

Learn more about the Obalon Balloon System 

New self-pay price for the gastric sleeve: $12,000*

Learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy surgical package. 

*conditions apply

Dr. Ponce in the News


A Bariatric Surgery Story Not an Extreme Solution to Treat Your Obesity

Dr. Ponce discusses metabolic disease and obesity treatments.


Sweet, friendly, compassionate, warm, wonderful… I feel he is the expert in the U.S.  Dr. Ponce’s surgical competence and bedside banner were both EXCELLENT!

by Laura

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Our Team

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. 

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Success Stories

We've helped hundreds of patients lose weight and keep it off. Read more about their stories and see before and after photos. learn more



Two Innovative Weight Loss Balloon Options


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Orbera Weight Loss Balloon

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. learn more

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Obalon Balloon System

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. learn more


Thank you for visiting CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care. We are a group of weight loss experts, led by Dr. Jaime Ponce, who focus on a complete program for our patients to lose weight. We are committed not only to a successful procedure - including gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, revisions and weight loss balloons - but also in an aftercare program that gives you the best chance for success. 

Call us today at (423) 899-1000 or register for a free educational seminar.