Gastric Balloon Vs. Gastric Band

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Spatz3 is the world’s only Adjustable Gastric Balloon System

If you’re considering a gastric balloon, such as the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon, you might be confused about the differences between gastric banding and the Spatz3. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two weight loss procedures.

Both are designed to help people lose weight in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Both are able to be adjusted during the lifetime of the device.

Gastric Band vs. Gastric Balloon

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Gastric Banding

Adjustable gastric banding is a surgical option; it’s a type of bariatric surgery. With gastric banding, also called a lap band, an inflatable band is surgically placed around the stomach. This creates a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach, limiting the amount of food a person can eat at one time.

Gastric banding is generally performed as a laparoscopic surgery, and is considered the least invasive form of bariatric surgery. However, it is still surgery and comes with all the risks of major surgery as well as the recovery time. Some patients are not eligible for the laparoscopic procedure and need to undergo an incision to have the adjustable gastric band put in place.

Spatz3 Weight Loss Balloon

The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon is a medical-grade, saline-filled balloon that rests in the stomach cavity and decreases appetite by occupying approximately a third of the stomach volume. Additionally, with the gastric balloon in place, the stomach empties more slowly, keeping you feeling full longer and helping you drop body weight in the process. The adjustable gastric balloon does not require surgery. It is inserted during a routine, out-patient procedure known as an endoscopy.

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To be eligible for an adjustable gastric band, you need a body mass index of at least 30 to 40, with at least one serious health issue that can improve with weight loss. Such health conditions are: high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, or metabolic syndrome.

The requirements for an adjustable gastric balloon are lower. You need a BMI of 27 or above, and you don’t necessarily have to suffer from any related conditions. As an example, a woman who is 162 cm (5’4″) tall and weighs 73 Kg (160 pounds) would be eligible for the adjustable gastric balloon. The same woman would have to weigh at least 105 Kg to be eligible for an adjustable gastric band.

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Adjustable gastric balloons may also be used for people who are not suitable candidates for weight loss surgery. The use of the gastric balloon may be used to reduce weight prior to any surgery, therefore reducing the risks associated with surgical procedures. The Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon is an ideal, noninvasive alternative to gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery and other bariatric surgeries.

The Spatz3 Weight Loss Solution

As you can see, the Spatz3 is the safest and most effective way to reach your weight loss goals. However, the balloon itself cannot do all the work.

To get the best results out of your weight loss procedure, try taking small strides in the healthy direction throughout all aspects of your life. For example, diet and exercise can be a great way to start transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.

With over 70,000 successful patients across the globe, the Spatz3 weight loss program is waiting for you… so what are you waiting for?

For more information about adjustable gastric balloons and to see whether you might be a good candidate, take a look at the Spatz Medical website.

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The Spatz3 gastric balloon is the world’s first adjustable gastric balloon. The unique dial up and dial down feature allows for a customizable weight loss experience. Contact Spatz Medical to see if you’re a candidate for the Spatz3 gastric balloon.

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