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Frequently asked questions

  • The day-to-day

    • Can I eat anything I want? Are there food restrictions?

      During the first few weeks, after advancing from a liquid to a solid diet, you will be restricted in the amount of fiber in your diet. Vegetables and fruit can cause bloating, so as time progresses, fiber can be slowly reintroduced, as tolerated. In general, with your gastric balloon in place, you’ll likely experience a diminished appetite. That being said, overeating while the balloon is implanted, may cause symptoms such as: bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, cramping. Continuous overeating could hamper progress and may cause side effects, such as excessive vomiting and dehydration. That being said, you’ll partner with your healthcare providers on this journey; you’ll discuss your eating habits and nutrition plan with your dietician or nutritionist and it’s always a good idea to check in with them before introducing new foods to your diet. For more information, please review our treatment guide.

    • Can I drink alcohol?

      Enjoying a glass of wine once or twice a week should be fine. But keep in mind that drinking any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers, so it’s best to enjoy it in moderation.

    • Will my intragastric balloon limit my activities?

      In the first week after your procedure, it’s best to take it easy and not dive straight back into your normal routine. But once your body gets used to your balloon, you can start to ease yourself back into your regular day-to-day activities. In fact, starting an exercise program is encouraged; it’ll not only make you feel happier and healthier, but will also increase your chances of achieving successful weight loss.

    • Does the gastric balloon require frequent visits to my doctor after the procedure?

      Spatz’s program, encourages weight loss by incorporating a holistic approach, including learning and adopting healthy new lifestyle skills. Throughout the year, you’ll have several check-ins with your doctor, and multiple visits with your dietician or nutritional counselor at least once or twice a month while your balloon is in place. At these check-ins, you’ll be able to track your progress and get valuable tips on health, nutrition, and exercise to set you up for long-term success. These follow-ups help you make the most of your weight loss journey.

    • Will I be able to feel the balloon in my stomach?

      In the first few days after your balloon has been fitted, you will feel varying levels of discomfort. From that point on you might experience sensations like fullness, heaviness, or bloating, or you may not feel anything at all – unless you overeat.

  • The effects

    • What are the possible side effects associated with an intragastric balloon?

      It’s common for your balloon to cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, or varying levels of stomach pain in the first few days after it’s been fitted. Your doctor will recommend medication for these side effects, which generally diminish over the first week. Once you get past the first week and start getting back to eating semi-solid foods, and then full solids after two weeks, any side effects you experience will most likely be related to the amount or types of food you’re eating. You may feel bloated or experience regular burping, pain, nausea, vomiting, or heartburn if your diet isn’t quite balanced. It’s important to follow your diet plan and listen to your body.

    • How much weight can you lose with the Spatz3 Gastric Balloon?

      It’s important to remember that your gastric balloon is only a tool to help you on your weight loss journey. To get the most out of your treatment, you will need to complement your balloon with lifestyle changes, including a well-planned, balanced diet; regular exercise; and a defined program to change your habits. Losing weight and maintaining the weight loss will depend on your dedication to these changes. The average weight loss with our gastric balloon can vary from approximately 14 kg (32 lbs) to 25 kg (55 lbs), and we’ve seen many patients lose significantly more. There are those who will lose a small amount of weight, but if you remain steadfast to the lifestyle changes, your weight loss journey will be a successful one. And in order to ensure you lose weight in a healthy and controlled way, so as to avoid negative impacts on your health, it’s best to keep in regular contact with your doctor.

    • What happens if the gastric balloon deflates spontaneously?

      The balloon is inflated using a blue liquid, and if your balloon ever deflates or leaks, the liquid will turn your urine green. If this occurs, simply contact your doctor and an immediate appointment will be set to remove the balloon.

    • How long does the Spatz3 gastric balloon stay in the stomach?

      You can enjoy the benefits of the Spatz3 intragastric balloon for up to 12 months (outside of the US). During your weight loss journey with Spatz, your physician prescribes oral medication to keep your stomach acid in check, in order to lower the chances of stomach irritation and keep your balloon in optimal condition.

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