What is “Invasive Gastric Balloons”?
Not to be confused with Swallowable Balloons that involve no endoscopy, no anaesthesia. Invasive Gastric Balloons are placed using the endoscopic method which requires the patients to be placed under Sedation or General Anaesthesia.
The Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon is inserted during a 15-minute outpatient procedure. Spatz3 patients can have the balloon volume increased, when needed, to help prevent weight regain and to achieve the industry’s highest weight loss results. Patients can also decrease the volume of the balloon to alleviate balloon intolerance.
The entire non-surgical, outpatient procedure takes about 20 minutes. First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure. Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon, with a sterile saline solution, to about the size of a grapefruit.
How Does Invasive Gastric Balloon Work?
The Surgeon performing this operation will put you under Sedation or General Anaesthesia. Followed by using an Endoscopy to place the Gastric Balloon into the right section of your stomach, then they will use a tubing to fill the balloon up with a special liquid. After a certain duration, patients will need to remove the Gastric Balloon through the endoscopic procedure once again as the surgeon will deflate the balloon in your stomach to take it out.
Who Is It For?
Invasive Gastric Balloons is meant for obese (Above 30 BMI) & overweight (Above 27 BMI) patients to help curb their appetite during their weight loss journey. Like Swallowable Balloons, Invasive Gastric Balloons takes up a certain amount of space in your stomach, Obese & overweight patients will tend to feel full faster, meaning to say that they will be consuming less food as they used to. This is extremely important as diet plays an especially important role in weight loss.