Intra Gastric Balloon System

Is It For Me?

The Spatz3™ Intragastric Balloon System

The American Psychological Association reports that the most frequently mentioned reason for individuals not being able to make healthy lifestyle changes is not having enough willpower. Additionally, weight loss systems achieve varying results. Successful weight loss is defined as losing at least 10% of one’s initial body weight and not regaining it within a year. By this standard, failure rates for diets alone fall in the 801-95%2 range.

These facts have encouraged people around the world to search for a solution to their weight loss dilemma.

Worldwide, the gastric balloon is a clinically accepted tool in reducing excess weight, and has been used successfully in Europe and Asia for the last 30 years.

The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System is a non-surgical treatment for weight loss that will help you regain control of your weight. Used in harmony with a professionally supervised program of behavior modification and diet, it can help you achieve and maintain the health and aesthetic benefits associated with weight loss. The unique Spatz3 Intragastric Balloon allows both adjustments of the balloon volume and longer implantation time of 1 year – unavailable with any other intragastric balloon.

Comparable weight loss therapies typically require a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Our gastric balloon therapy requires a minimum BMI of 27, making our procedure a viable weight loss option for individuals who may not be ideal candidates for similar forms of bariatric surgery.

  1. Hill, J., & Wing, R., (2003). The national weight control registry. Permanente Journal, 7 (3).
  2. Stunkard, A., & McLaren-Hume, M., (1959). The Results of Treatment for Obesity: A Review of the Literature and Report of a Series, AMA Arch Intern Med. 103(1):79-85

Considerations For Gastric Balloon Placement

Motivation
Although the gastric balloon can be an effective tool for the overweight and obese, the weight does not come off by itself. Motivation is an important factor for success.

Compliance
A successful outcome requires compliance with diet, and behavior modification. Our unique system allows adjustment of the gastric balloon volume at varying times during the treatment period. All of this requires patient compliance. People who struggle with portion control and who have tried appetite suppressants and supplements will find the gastric balloon can lead to successful fast weight loss.

Consultation
The decision to undergo gastric balloon therapy must be made in consultation with a qualified physician. There are certain conditions that would exclude gastric balloon implantation. Here is a partial list of those conditions::

  • Severe kidney, liver, lung, and cardiac disease
  • Previous esophageal or stomach surgery
  • Chronic NSAID, anti-platelet or anti-coagulant medication use
  • Large Hiatal Hernia
  • Substance or alcohol abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Unwilling to comply with diet and follow-up visits

Find out what you can expect when you undergo gastric balloon therapy.

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