Intragastric Balloon Procedure

Doctors Testimonials

“I have been quite satisfied with the Spatz Adjustable Balloon, but, I recently tried the new Spatz3 balloon and was happy to see several improvements. It is now even easier to insert using their new insertion facilitator, and the new valve has grasping areas that make it easier to grasp for adjustment procedures.”

John Mason MD
Chief Endoscopist
Trafford General Hospital
National Obesity Surgery Center

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“I recently tried the new Spatz3 adjustable balloon. There are several improvements that make it much easier to use. The insertion facilitator makes insertion safer and easier. The bands come off of the balloon faster. The new valve has grasping areas that make it easier to grab with a grasping forceps- no need to worry about food in the stomach and positioning a snare. The Spatz3 is now easier to insert, adjust and remove. The procedure time is shorter and post insertion side effects are less.”

Dr. Sameer Al Awadhi
Consultant gastroenterologist
Head of gastroenterology Unit
Rashid hospital, Dubai

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“The new Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon has brought significant improvements. It is now easier to insert, adjust and remove. The newly designed valve makes it very easy to grab with a grasping forceps. It is as easy as any other balloon and still has the benefit of adjustability and 1 year implantation.”

Dr. Valentin Puig-Divi
Chief Gastroenterologist at Opcion Medica Clinical Group
Head of Endoscopy, Hospital Parc Tauli and Clinica Corachan, Barcelona, Spain

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“After more than 5 years’ experience and over 1,000 intragastric balloons, I have been pleased to see a technological breakthrough with the Spatz3 adjustable balloon system. The unique inflation tube system is a much needed function that allows me to start with lower balloon volumes. Now I am able to send my patients back to work the day after Spatz 3 balloon placement. After 4 or 5 months I can double up the size of the balloon and achieve a second round of weight loss. The Spatz3 has ushered in a new era in endoscopic weight loss therapy.”

George Marinos MD
MB BS (Hons), FRACP, MD,
Consultant Gastroenterologist Prince of Wales Hospital,
Senior Lecturer University of NSW.

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“The Spatz intra-gastric weight reduction balloon will be an important addition to minimally invasive weight loss options. Its entrance into therapies for weight loss is well timed as satisfaction with the Lap Band wanes. The adjustable feature to this device separates it from other gastric balloons, allowing for great tolerance after placement and continuing weight loss when adaptation ensues. The potential to maintain a balloon in situ in excess of a year will be a milestone achievement for this form of therapy.”

Christopher J. Gostout, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of the Developmental Endoscopy Unit
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Mn.

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“Having had the experience with the USA Wilson-Cook balloons and the Danish Ballobes balloon, which were air-filled, and with the Orbera balloon (BIB, Bioenterics Intragastric Balloon) which was a fluid-filled re-adjustable balloon, I was happily surprised to see the easy introduction and re-adjustment of the fluid-filled Spatz balloon.”

Prof.dr E.M.H. Mathus-Vliegen
Gastroenterologist Professor in Clinical Nutrition
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, C2-207
Academic Medical Centre University of Amsterdam

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“After implanting more than 2,000 balloons,I have now personally implanted over 60 Spatz balloons. The ability to adjust balloon volume has allowed me to reduce balloon volume for intolerant patients in the first month. I have also added volume after 3 months when the balloon effect diminishes. This gives new life to the balloon and extra weight loss. The ability to keep a balloon in for 1 year also gives patients more time to change their behavior, which is very important for long term success.”

Dr. Gontrand Lopez-Nava
Hospital Universitario Madrid Sanchinarro
Servicio de Aparato Digestivo y Endoscopias
Professor de Medicina at the Universidad San Pablo CEU. Madrid
Perito Oficial de Aparato Digestivo del Colegio de Medicos de Madrid

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“I have implanted hundreds of intragastric balloons – all the varieties available – and have found that significant weight loss occurs in the first 3 months, with little effect in the remainder of the 6 month implantation period. Approximately 7% of patients are intolerant and have their balloons removed within the first 2 weeks. This has been published in the literature.

The Spatz balloon is the first to offer easy balloon volume adjustments after the initial implantation. I have adjusted the balloon volume successfully in my patients:

  • Several for early intolerance – they now are more comfortable and continue to lose weight. With other balloons, we would have had no choice, but to remove them.
  • Many for diminished weight loss after 3 months. They had a new burst of weight loss at 3 months, which I have not seen with other balloons.

My patients have always asked to keep their balloon in longer than 6 months. Now I can provide a 1 year balloon. Our 12 month results and those of our colleagues in Spain have revealed weight losses of almost 30 kg on average.

Patients with other balloons are already regaining some weight 6 months after removal of their balloons – so that at 1 year Spatz balloon patients have more than double the weight loss compared with other balloons.”

Evžen Machytka, M.D. PhD.
Faculty of Medicine
University of Ostrava
Department of Gastroenterology
Principal Investigator – Spatz Adjustable Balloon System
Ostrava, Czech Republic

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“I had the opportunity to observe the implantation and adjustment of the new Spatz™ Adjustable Balloon System. I was pleased by the ease of the procedures, especially the volume adjustment, which was performed in a few minutes. The opportunity to tailor the balloon dimension to the needs of any patient in terms of tolerability and weight outcome, is very important for my practice. Moreover the chance of a longer implantation time (12 months), with several adjustments, offers us a new efficient tool against obesity.”

Dr. Fulvio Cappelletti
Chief, Department of Gastroenterology
Valdese Hospital
Turin, Italy

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“I have switched to the Spatz balloon for the added benefits of adjustability and 1 year long implantation. One of my patients experienced daily vomiting for 6 months with another intragastric balloon. With the Spatz balloon we were able to adjust the balloon volume to her comfort level.”

Dr Manny Srivastava MD FRCP
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Newport, South Wales, UK
Nucleus Healthcare

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“The ability of the endoscopist to change the volume of the Spatz intragastric balloon in patients who either are not tolerating the balloon at a certain volume or in those who need a greater volume in order to lose weight is a great advance. The unusual anchor device should prevent the potential complication of balloon migration which has been an issue with other intragastric balloons used to treat obesity.”

Steven Peikin, MD
Professor of Medicine
Head, Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden
Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center

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