Advantages of the Spatz3 Adjustable Intragastric Balloon over Ordinary Intragastric Balloons

Approved for one year implantation – twice as long as other gastric balloons!

adjust-picSpatz is proud to announce its approval for one year intragastric balloon implantation. Due to the risk of complications, other gastric balloons are restricted to 6 months of use. The Spatz3 balloon is a unique, high-quality injection molded balloon. In our studies, the Spatz3 has been proven safe enough to remain in the stomach for 12 full months. This success allowed the regulatory authorities to approve an extension of implantation of the Spatz3 balloon from 6 months to one year.


As the name implies, the Spatz3 gastric balloon is adjustable in size – even once it’s been placed inside your stomach. After the first months of successful weight loss, your body acclimatizes to the balloon and standard intragastric balloons begin to lose their effectiveness. In fact, studies have shown that, with today’s gastric balloons, 80% of the weight loss occurs in the first three months.

Simply leaving the gastric balloon in longer does not increase weight loss significantly. Physicians have told us that they would like to be able to add volume to the balloon – to “top it off”, encouraging similar levels of weight loss in the coming months. The unique Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System allows the physician to perform a simple 15-minute outpatient procedure to add fluid to the balloon at any time. Each volume addition produces a fresh effect, facilitating renewed weight loss and increasing your chances for weight loss success.

adjust-pic-2Our clinical trials have reported an additional 7-12 kg weight loss following volume adjustments.1-4

It is important to be aware that the first few days with an intragastric balloon can be uncomfortable. You’ll need to overcome unpleasantness and nausea while your body adjusts to the balloon. In a small number of cases, despite real determination, some patients are just unable to manage. Instead of abandoning the patient’s investment in their weight loss program, the physician can perform a simple endoscopy to remove some fluid from the balloon. This adjustment allows the treatment to continue. Our studies have reported improved tolerance of the balloon, yet weight loss continues after a reduction of the balloon volume. Later, when the patient’s body has acclimated, another endoscopy procedure can be performed to increase the gastric balloon volume.

Adjustability is just one of the features that make the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System a clear standout in the growing field of non-surgical weight loss therapies.

Easier to Use

The easier a product is for the physician to use, the safer it is for the patient. The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System has a unique insertion facilitator to ease the insertion procedure for physicians, resulting in a safer procedure for you.

  1. Brooks J, Kowalczyk Z, Al Awadhi S, Al Falasi M, Mason J, Bene L, Machytka E, El Asala S, Puig-Divi V. First reports of the new Spatz 3 adjustable balloon system. UEG13-LB-5540
  2. Brooks J, Srivastava ED, Mathus-Vliegen EMH. Adjustable Intragastric Balloons: One-year results in 73 consecutive patients in the UK. OBSU-D-13-00254
  3. Machytka E, Brooks J. Adjustable intragastric balloons: a 12-month pilot trial in endoscopic weight loss management. Obes Surg. 2011 Oct; 21(10):1499-507.
  4. Lopez-Nava G, Gostout C, Nebreda J, Brooks J. A new adjustable intragastric balloon: the first patient experience in Spain. UEGW11-5345
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