Success Stories

A Life Changing Procedure. 

Matthew Daniels had been a “big guy” for all his life. He was active, played sports in school, and was never really slowed down by his weight. That started to change five years ago as his weight continued to creep up year after year, until he recognized a noticeable change in his ability to do things he wanted to do. 

“I married the love of my life, we had three children, and I started building my business. All the while I was gaining 10 pounds or more a year, and my weight started to become a struggle,” says Matthew. “As my kids grew, they wanted to do more and more things – ride roller coasters, play ball in the yard – and it was getting harder and harder for me to keep up with them.” 


Bariatric surgery helped Jay Garcia lose more than 100 pounds and improve his health.


Lauren & Buz 

Occasionally our patients make the decision to have bariatric surgery as a couple. This was the case for Buz and Lauren. They came to Dr. Ponce 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. Individual results may vary.


Meet Mallory

Mallory was the winner of our “Free Gastric Band” contest in 2011. 



Meet Phil

In August 2013, Phil weighed 389 lbs.

Meet Susan

Susan lost 97.5 pounds following bariatric surgery with Dr. Ponce in 2006. 



Meet Tyler

Dr. Ponce performed Tyler's bariatric surgery in 2011.

Meet Carol

Carol weighed 225 pounds on April 14, 2013. 


Thank you for considering CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care. We are committed not only to a successful procedure – including gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass and revisions – but also in an aftercare program that gives you the best chance for success.

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