What to expect
weight loss balloon
The first consultation will consist of your Healthcare Physician reviewing your medical history, followed by a short exam to determine if you are a candidate for the Spatz3 weight loss treatment. The discussion with your Healthcare Physician will focus on the balloon treatment and its benefits / risks, in addition to alternative options and their benefits / risks. Your understanding of how to use the balloon effectively will be a determining factor as you reach for your weight loss goals. Therefore, you will discuss healthy eating habits, health concerns, and your weight loss goals with both your doctor and dietician.
Before the treatment
To ensure maximal success, your doctor will determine which pre-screening assessments will be required for you. Pre-screening assessment may include any or all of the following:
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Insertion of the Gastric Balloon
The Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon is inserted during an endoscopy while you are under conscious sedation. During this non-surgical procedure, the balloon is placed in the stomach and inflated with saline. The entire process will have you walking out the door within one hour.
If needed, the gastric balloon can be easily deflated and removed at any time.
Throughout the first 3-5 days following insertion of the balloon, you will feel uncomfortable and potentially will experience any of the following: nausea, cramping, vomiting and heartburn. Typically, these side effects subside within one week (although in some cases they do last longer), and every effort will be made to alleviate your side effects. You will be offered medication to help settle your stomach and relieve your vomiting and nausea, and it is essential to take this medication before the onset of nausea.
You will be limited to a liquid-only diet for the first three days after insertions, slowly progressing to a semi-solid diet thereafter. Most patients will be able to resume eating a solid diet within two weeks.
Certain patients will experience excessive or prolonged side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, or pain. In this case, the volume of the gastric balloon can be decreased with an adjustment procedure. If your balloon effect is diminished, forcing you into a weight loss plateau, an adjustment procedure can increase the balloon volume and rejuvenate the weight loss effect and increase your average weight loss with the Spatz3 gastric balloon. The adjustment procedures consist of a short 15-minute endoscopy. To prepare for the adjustment, patients must follow a liquid diet for three full days before the procedure and fast from midnight the night before the adjustment. The non-surgical adjustment procedure is conducted while the patient is under conscious sedation, allowing patients to be discharged within one hour.
Upon completion of the treatment, the gastric balloon will be removed through an endoscopy. To prepare for the removal procedure, patients follow a liquid diet for three full days before the procedure and fast from midnight the night before the removal. As with the insertion and adjustment procedures, during the removal, you will be discharged within one hour.