Orbera™ and Obalon™ gastric balloons are soft, expandable devices that are temporarily inserted into the stomach to provide a feeling of fullness.
The SPATZ3 Gastric Balloon
Provided the program is followed properly, the gastric balloon provides a six month kickstart to healthy weight loss and is an ideal solution if you are looking to lose up to 70lbs* of excess weight but are fearful of surgery, fed up with diets, pills and other weight loss programs that just haven’t worked.
The device itself is a soft silicone balloon that is inserted in a deflated state into the stomach and then inflated with sterile saline solution through a self-sealing valve once it enters the stomach. The intragastric balloon will remain in place for a maximum of six months.
The New York Bariatric Group’s Dr. Shawn Garber is one of the first doctors certified in New York and the greater US to administer the procedure.
The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System
The struggle to lose weight can feel hopeless. If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, but you’ve tried in vain and feel it’s almost impossible, there is an effective, non-surgical treatment that may be the answer for you. We provide the most advanced and newest gastric balloon, the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System.
What is the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System?
The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System is an innovative, non-surgical gastric balloon. The Spatz3 balloon is the only adjustable gastric balloon available in the world. The Spatz3 balloon provides the highest weight loss results and success rates of any existing gastric balloon, with FDA Clinical Trials showing that patients who used the Spatz3 balloon achieved five times the weight loss than patients who tried to lose weight with diet alone.
The Spatz3 balloon is a small, silicone balloon that is placed into the stomach, where it is filled with sterile saline. The balloon causes a patient to feel full more quickly and eat far less. The Spatz3 balloon is unique in that it’s adjustable, which means that patients who experience discomfort or balloon intolerance are more than 82% likely to be able to tolerate and adjust themselves to the balloon, making it far more successful.
In the later stages of weight loss, if progress begins to stall, the Spatz3 balloon can be readjusted with more saline to provide a greater feeling of fullness, which then jump-starts and boosts additional weight loss.
What happens during the procedure?
Your procedure begins with mild sedation. The deflated Spatz3 balloon will be placed into the stomach with a long, flexible camera that is carefully threaded down the esophagus. Once the balloon is in place, it’s inflated with saline until it’s roughly the size of a grapefruit.
The procedure is fully-reversible and takes about 10-15 minutes. After eight months have passed, the balloon is removed from the stomach in the same way it was placed. Adjustments to the size of the balloon also take 15 minutes.
How much weight will I lose?
Significant weight loss was recorded in the clinical trials for the Spatz3 balloon. In the U.S. clinical study, the average amount of weight lost was 30 lbs. or 15% of their body weight. Motivated patients can lose much more weight with a comprehensive diet and exercise.
The adjustability of the Spatz3 balloon allows it to be adjusted downward at the start of the process to allow for greater balloon tolerance. From there, the balloon size can be increased slowly upward in order to lead to more significant overall weight loss.
Another reason the Spatz3 balloon leads to greater weight loss is that it can remain longer in the stomach than other gastric balloons, for eight months instead of the usual six.
Am I a candidate for weight loss with the Spatz3 balloon?
Patients who are struggling with weight loss and haven’t found success with diet and exercise alone may be ideal candidates for this procedure. Candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Are looking for a non-surgical, reversible weight loss procedure
- Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 30 to 40
- Are looking to lose 20-50 pounds
- Have not had hiatal hernia repair or other prior stomach surgery
- Have not had prior bariatric surgery, including the following: lap band, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass
- Do not use anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) on a daily basis
- Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have motivation to lose weight and make long-term lifestyle changes to sustain their weight loss
Benefits from the Spatz3 Balloon
The Spatz3 balloon is an outstanding weight loss treatment that provides many outstanding benefits:
- Does not require long-term alterations to the stomach
- Completely reversible
- Much safer than bariatric surgery
- Complication risk of less than 0.03 percent
- Has a proven 84% success rate
- Average weight loss is 15% of body weight (compared to 6.6%-10.2% for other available gastric balloons)
- Adjustable to be more tolerable initially and more effective longer-term
- Can remain in the stomach longer to achieve greater weight loss
Aftercare and follow-up treatments
Patients should expect to take a few days to rest and recover after their Spatz3 balloon procedure. Once your body adjusts to the stomach balloon, a period of time that is variable from patient to patient, you may return to work and your usual activities.
After the first 1-2 weeks, we will meet with you to check in and ensure you’re doing well and all is working according to plan. We will check in with you to meet and discuss your diet and exercise program once a month.
Why choose the New York Bariatric Group for the Spatz3 balloon?
When losing weight becomes overwhelming, real help and answers are available. The surgeons and staff at New York Bariatric Group are passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with weight loss. They have devoted their careers to providing the safest and most efficient obesity treatments available today. New York Bariatric Group was formed by four of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons coming together to provide the benefits of their combined abilities and knowledge for patients. We consider it an honor to help thousands of people find weight loss success with the most advanced, cutting-edge treatments.
The Orbera™ and Obalon™ gastric balloon program options are designed to help you kickstart your weight loss plan, allowing you to lose weight that can then be maintained through making sustainable lifestyle changes.
*Weight loss results vary from person to person.