Are you looking for a non-surgical solution to lose weight? The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System, the only long-term volume-adjustable gastric balloon on the market, maybe the best option for you. On October 15, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Spatz3 as a safe and effective option to slim down.

In this guide, we’ll explore all aspects of the Spatz3 intragastric balloon – covering its functionality and the outcomes it can deliver.

Spatz3 Weight Loss Device

Since 2012, the Spatz3® Balloon has been used in over 120,000 successful procedures worldwide. This outpatient solution is placed endoscopically through the mouth and down the esophagus. Once it reaches the stomach, it is inflated to reduce stomach capacity and make overeating difficult and uncomfortable. The Spatz-3 is the only adjustable gastric balloon that can remain in the stomach for up to 12 months! This device helps patients develop healthier eating habits that can lead to greater weight loss.

How Does it Work?

Spatz 3 Gastric Balloon -Mexico Bariatric Center

Lasting 10-15 minutes, the procedure starts with mild anesthesia and requires no hospitalization. Using a minimally invasive technique called endoscopy, a silicone balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth. Once in position, the balloon is filled with sterile fluid-like saline, making it approximately the size of a grapefruit. This restricted stomach capacity helps patients eat less and feel full for longer periods, facilitating weight loss.

Based on clinical studies, the Spatz3 has demonstrated an 84% success rate and 15% weight loss, which is far higher than ReShape Duo or Orbera.

The Spatz3 belly balloon is customized for each patient, and the volume can be adjusted as necessary. If progress begins to stall, the balloon can be readjusted with more saline, which then jump-starts weight loss. If you start feeling nauseous or vomiting, the volume can be reduced. The adjustment minimizes intolerance, prevents early withdrawal, and maximizes weight loss. After a year or less, the balloon is removed endoscopically.

What to Expect Post-Op

Month 1: You may experience nausea, cramping, and even vomiting in the initial weeks following placement of the device. Your energy levels will be low because of your lower calorie intake. As the stomach adapts to the balloon, the adjustment period gets easier.

Post-Op Diet

  • 3 Days: Clear-liquids
  • 10 to 14 days: Semi-solids
  • After 2 weeks: Resume eating solids

Months 2-6: You will know how much food you can tolerate and how much to eat at each meal. You will keep losing weight during this period and see your surgeon again if you require any balloon adjustments. To ensure long-term success, you should incorporate exercises like walking or jumping rope.

Months 7-12: By this point, you will reach a plateau in your weight loss journey. Your weight should stabilize as you continue to follow the dietary and lifestyle changes recommended by your doctor. At the 12-month mark, you’ll begin preparing for the removal of the Spatz 3 balloon.

Who is Spatz3 Balloon for?

Spatz 3 Gastric Balloon at Mexico Bariatric Center

The Spatz3 balloon is the perfect option if you are trying to lose 35 to 55 pounds* but are afraid of bariatric surgery or tired of weight loss programs. Spatz 3 is the ideal noninvasive alternative to weight loss surgery. If your BMI (body mass index) is high and you’re considering gastric sleeve or RNY gastric bypass surgery, the balloon is a great option to lose weight before those procedures.

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Spatz3 is a useful tool for those who want to conceive or improve their health concerns, such as sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It also helps binge eaters and people with food addictions avoid overeating.

“I got the Spatz3 balloon because I was terrified of getting surgery; I hate pain. I also suffered from binge-eating and used food to comfort my anxiety. Once I found out about this method, I was all for it. I just felt really comfortable, and I’m happy I went for the balloon. It teaches you how to control yourself.” -Angela

Spatz 3 Compared to VSG and ESG

All three procedures, Spatz3 & VSG & ESG, are restrictive in nature.

  • Spatz 3 is an adjustable gastric balloon system that offers adaptability in balloon volume.
  • Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) shrinks the stomach internally via an endoscopic suturing device.
  • Gastric sleeve procedure (VSG) surgically reduces the stomach size by trimming it down.

VSG is more invasive, but it yields significant weight loss and health improvements. ESG is less invasive but may not result in as much weight loss. The best choice depends on your needs and advice from bariatric professionals.

Spatz3 vs VSG and ESG Comparison Chart -Mexico Bariatric Center

Start Your Journey Today

If you’re ready to embark on a weight loss journey, it’s essential to choose a reputable and experienced provider. Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC) has been offering Spatz3 to medical tourists for over ten years before it was approved for use in the United States. MBC serves a range of endo-surgical bariatric procedures, including the Spatz3, Orbera, ESG, and TORe. MBC is known for its high success rates and cost savings of up to 50% compared to prices in the U.S. and Canada.

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