Spatz3® Adjustable Intragastric Balloon
A non-surgical weight loss procedure which is adjustable, and reversible.
Not every person who wants or needs to lose weight is suitable for bariatric surgery. An alternative weight loss procedure for those who have not had success with diet and exercise alone, may be a non-surgical procedure such as an intragastric balloon. The Spatz3® Adjustable Intragastric Balloon is Australia’s first dynamic (adjustable) intragastric balloon [Dynamic-IGB].
A Dynamic-IGB allows balloon volume to be increased or decreased. This feature is designed to increase safety and comfort, and extend the typical treatment process for patients.
The intragastric balloon explained
The principle of the intragastric balloon works on volume restriction. The device is placed in the stomach endoscopically. The insertion is part of an outpatient procedure, performed under sedation or general anaesthetic. No incisions or hospitalisation are required. Insertion or removal of the balloon takes about 15 minutes.
The balloon occupies approximately one-third of the stomach’s volume. This causes the contents of your stomach to empty at a slower rate. This process is designed to keep patients feeling fuller, by keeping food in the stomach longer.
Is Spatz3® the right choice for me?
Your surgeon will help you determine, based on your BMI, lifestyle and goals the correct procedure (if any) for your unique physiology and needs. The Spatz3 Dynamic-IGB is designed for people with a BMI of at least 27. It is a temporary procedure, and can be placed in your stomach for up to 12 months.
How much weight might I lose?
Any weight loss procedure is a tool which must be supported by long-term adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. The approach to the Spatz3® adjustable balloon is no different. Thus, the amount of weight you lose very much depends on these factors.
Reports show an average weight loss (at the end of treatment) of approximately 16 kg to 25 kg.
Are there side effects?
Yes, there are risks associated with this procedure, which must be weighed carefully in every case.
The balloon insertion can lead to nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Medication will be prescribed to reduce side effects, but this may occur for up to a week after placement.
After this, you may experience some bloating, belching, pain, nausea, vomiting or heartburn from time to time. This may be due to eating too much, or may be related to eating certain foods.
Every weight loss procedure is a process
It is important to note that all weight loss procedures are a process. Your weight loss and overall health must be monitored by your doctor. The Spatz3 is also accompanied by a follow up “Own It” Program. You will meet with us several times in 12 months, as well as our Dietitian. This process is crucial to help you harness the lifestyle and dietary skills which are necessary to see you implement lasting weight loss.
Think of this process as your ‘head start’ – but know that the hard work will be all up to you – with the right support.
Got more questions on the Spatz3® adjustable gastric balloon?
Head to the Spatz3 website FAQs for more information, or contact Dr Garth McLeod to book in a no-obligation consultation to discuss all your options for weight loss based on your unique situation.