The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon is a balloon filled with saline that is inserted into the stomach cavity endoscopically. Spatz balloon system is a one-year, adjustable IntrGastric Balloon (IGB) in harmony with behavior modification and diet program that offers better patient comfort and long-term weight loss. Spatz3 curbs the appetite by occupying about a third of the stomach (at 500 CC volume). If you over-eat, there is an uncomfortable feeling that becomes a physiological negative memory of overeating. Also, the presence of balloon causes the stomach to empty more slowly and patient stays fuller for longer. Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon is approved by Mexican Health authority, COFEPRIS.
How Does the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon Work?
The Spatz3 adjustable balloon is designed and approved to stay in the stomach for up to a year. Another advantage of the Spatz balloon system is being adjustable for efficacy and comfort. The procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform. Adjustment can be performed on an outpatient basis in 15 minutes. Studies show that 80% of weight loss is achieved within the first few months. That is why, after about 3 months of implantation, the balloon can be adjusted to boost weight loss. The volume adjustment helps patients lose an additional 7 to 12 kg (15 to 26 lb). Also, if the patient experiences hard to manage unpleasantness and nausea, the volume can be reduced so it would be easier to tolerate and continue with the treatment program.
Expected Weight Loss
The average expected weight loss averages 16 kg (35 lb) after 6 months and 25 kg (55 lb) after 12 months. The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon company also claims that over 100,000 people have received this procedure over the last 10 years. Of course, the balloon is only a tool and success depends on personal determination and follow-through. Clinical research data shows that over 75% had weight loss success even two years after the balloon removal.
Spatz3 Balloon Certified
The surgeons performing the Spatz3 gastric balloon system have extensive training and experience. Dr. Rodriguez Lopez has been through an exhaustive certification program.
Risks and Complications
The Spatz3 balloon system has a unique insertion facilitator for implementation that makes it easier and safer than other IGB systems. However, since the balloon is an external object being introduced into the stomach, the first few days, especially the first day can be uncomfortable with the feeling of nausea and pain. That is why our patients stay in the hospital to be monitored by professionals.
Cost of the Spatz Balloon
The Spatz adjustable balloon system procedure is not available in the U.S. The cost of insertion is around $4,000 in Mexico, including hospital and hotel stay.