Since its introduction 15 years ago, the gastric balloon has been used successfully in Europe and Asia as a clinically proven method of reducing excess weight.
You can regain control of your weight with the adjustable Spatz intra-gastric balloon system, a non-surgical weight loss treatment.
Following a diet and professional-managed behavior change program aids in achieving and maintaining the health and aesthetic benefits of weight loss.
The Spatz intra-gastric balloon has a unique feature that makes it possible to adjust the balloon volume (volume) and 1-year application (implantation) period, which is impossible with other balloons.
Similar weight loss procedures frequently demand (require) a BMI of 40 or higher. The only prerequisite for the Spatz intragastric balloon procedure is a BMI of 27 or higher. This method is a practical weight loss option for people who are not good candidates for bariatric surgery and other similar treatments.
Spatz balloon therapy offers the patient a safer, more affordable way to lose weight than gastric bypass, gastric cuff, or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. It also includes behavioral modification and dietary counseling.
Spatz is the first intragastric balloon that is both adjustable and authorized (allowed) for one-year insertion and administration.
After the initial insertion (administration), the balloon’s volume can be changed while it’s still inside the stomach, thanks to the retractable/stretchable silicone inflation tube.
It can successfully stop early intolerance by draining the balloon’s liquid.
When weight loss is stagnant, this can be fixed by filling the balloon with fluid.
This function is crucial for comfort and long-term weight loss.
The lengthy implantation period causes an unusually high rate of weight loss because non-adjustable balloons lose their appetite-suppressing effects after 3 to 4 months. But it is possible to lose a lot of weight thanks to a unique mix of adjustability and balloon volume (long implantation).
Other saline gastric balloons approved in the US can only be kept in the stomach for a maximum of 6 months; the Spatz can be kept there for an additional eight months.
In their FDA trial, the Spatz balloon significantly outperformed all other gastric balloons, whether saline or gas-filled, in terms of weight loss and long-term success.
The stomach balloon is inserted, adjusted (if necessary), and removed using an endoscope without surgery using only mild sedatives. The Spatz balloon might be ideal for patients who want their therapy to last longer. The likelihood that the patient will lose weight and experience a more stable change in eating behavior increases with the time the balloon remains in the stomach. The longer the balloons stay in the stomach, the more possible it is that the person will change their eating habits and have a lasting impact.
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The Spatz – Adjustable Gastric Balloon: Why Use It?
The only adjustable gastric balloon, Spatz, enables our patients to lose weight more successfully. This allows patients to develop healthier eating orders that provide weight loss after the balloon is taken out and learn how to read their body’s signals.
Thanks to Spatz’s unique adjustability feature, patients have experienced almost twice as much weight loss and the highest success rates of any other gastric balloon.
How Does A Gastric Balloon That Adjusts Work?
During a quick, non-invasive outpatient procedure, the Spatz Adjustable Gastric Balloon is implanted. There is no need for hospitalization or incisions. It is a walk-in, walk-out procedure for weight loss.
On average, one in ten patients cannot tolerate the gastric balloon procedure. The Spatz’s volume-down adjustment enables us to lessen this intolerance and keep the gastric balloon in place. Other non-adjustable balloon systems require a removal procedure for patients who are intolerant to the balloon, preventing them from finishing their treatment. You have the highest chance of losing weight successfully with the Spatz.
Consequently, this approach provides the coziest and most adaptable weight loss therapy.
Am I a good candidate for Spatz Balloon?
With the help of gastric balloons, more than 100,000 people have lost weight over the past 30 years, averaging 10 to 30 kg per person—your drive and readiness to adhere to dietary and behavioral changes.
Your success with the Spatz Adjustable Balloon ultimately depends on your ability to modify it.
Spatz Adjustable Balloon implantation is not permitted for patients with specific medical conditions. A licensed doctor must be consulted before deciding whether to receive gastric balloon therapy.
What distinguishes the Spatz balloon from other intragastric balloons?
The intragastric balloon Spatz has several benefits.
- It can be changed as your needs and appetite change because it is adjustable, making it dynamic.
- It has a one-year approval period for implantation—the first balloon with these two benefits.
Longer balloon retention without changing the balloon’s volume is unlikely to result in more significant weight loss. You have more time to change your behavior thanks to the longer implantation time, which results in longer-lasting behavioral changes.
Can I lose a lot of weight using the gastric balloon?
You must realize that the intragastric balloon is a weight-loss aid and must be used with a behavior change program, diet, and physical activity. How closely you stick to your diet and make long-term lifestyle changes will determine how much weight you lose and maintain. With the Spatz stomach balloon, average weight losses of 16 kg over six months have been documented. Over a year, the Spatz balloon has been reported to cause average weight losses of 25 kg.
How long will recovery take following the procedure?
You should schedule at least three days of rest following the procedure. Depending on how quickly your body adapts to the stomach balloon, you can resume regular activity earlier or later than this.
Can I eat anything I want? Are there any dietary restrictions?
You will want to eat less than you once did. Additionally, you might feel sick if you eat sugary or fatty foods. While the gastric balloon is in place, excessive overeating can be dangerous.
Will I feel that there is balloon in my stomach?
For the first few days following the procedure, you might experience discomfort. After that, the intragastric balloon may cause you to feel full, heavy, bloated, or nothing at all if you overeat.