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Spatz Gastric Balloon

  • Do you want to take the advantage of a non-surgical weight loss procedure?
  • Are you willing to change your eating habits and you need support?
  • Are you looking for a walk-in/ walk-out treatment?

 

The gastric balloon may be a great option for you, if you meet the criteria listed below:

  • Body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30,0
  • Age between 18 and 60 years
  • No previous stomach or esophageal surgery
  • Good mental health

 

Is the Spatz3 gastric balloon right for me?

The Spatz3 is suggested to patients with obesity (BMI/body mass index over 30,0). This non-surgical weight loss procedure is a prevention or treatment of the diseases caused by obesity and helps improve the patient’s quality of life and potentially prolongs it.

If you decide to lose weight with the Spatz3 balloon, you need no reference from your practitioner. The complete check-up is done at our clinic.

We have created a questionnaire, which is helpful to find out, if the gastric balloon is suitable.

Once you have filled the form out, please send it via email to: nosek@iscare.cz

Your form will be evaluated free of charge.

You can find out your BMI right here:

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How much weight will I lose with the Spatz?

This weight loss method is very effective. Ultimate weight loss depends, as with all bariatric methods, on the patient weight before the procedure, and subsequent adherence to postoperative recommendations.

The Spatz3 is the only adjustable gastric balloon in the world.

The balloon flows freely in the stomach. It evokes a feeling of fullness, reduces 1/3-1/2 of the stomach capacity and thereby reduces food intake. Thanks to this mechanism, the patient loses weight. The Spatz3 balloon can be placed for up to one year. During this period the patient becomes accustomed to a new healthy diet and continues in it after the balloon is removed.

With the Spatz3 patients lose in average 25 kg. We have had also patients who achieved a great weight loss of 50 kg in one year.

How is the procedure done?

The procedure itself takes only about 15 minutes. Before the insertion an endoscopic examination of the throat, stomach and duodenum is performed. Once the findings are checked, the balloon is inserted during the gastroscopy and filled with 500ml of physiologic liquid coloured blue (which would indicate a potential leak of the balloon by colouring the urine).

The check-up and endoscopic procedure is performed in one day. The patient is able to leave the clinic next morning after the insertion.

One of the many advantages of the gastric balloon is the use of a short analgosedation (using sedative and analgesic medication). There is no need of general anaesthesia and intubation so the procedure is significantly less intervening than a bariatric surgery.

12 months after insertion the Spatz3 has to be removed. By using special tools, a small hole is made in the balloon, liquid is completely sucked out so the balloon can be extracted. You can leave the clinic about 2 hours after the removal (you do not have to stay overnight).

How much does the Spatz balloon cost?

Our prices are transparent with no hidden costs.

From the beginning, you will know the total amount of payment, which will be definite.

The guaranteed price is £ 1 830 / € 2 150 including the Spatz3, anaesthesia (analgosedation), insertion, all medical materials + medicaments, adjustment and removal.

Check-up before procedure: £ 175 / € 200,

Hospitalization (one night) £ 105 / € 120.

The Spatz3 balloon can be adjusted (volume increase), one adjustment is available free of charge and the removal of the balloon till the term of 12 months is also provided free of charge.

If the results of the check-up indicate that the procedure cannot be performed, only the costs of the check-up are charged.

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How will my diet change after procedure?

Right after the procedure you will be provided with a dietary plan. You should start with liquid diet for the next 7 days after insertion followed by pureed food before you continue with normal food.

Do not drink too much at once. It’s better to eat and drink more small portions than less and bigger ones.

It is highly recommended to cooperate with a dietitian to achieve the best results.

What are the potential side effects of the gastric balloon?

Generally the gastric balloon as a reversible, non-surgical weight loss procedure is a safe and reliable procedure for a wide range of obese adults. Compared to weight loss surgery, the gastric balloon has a significantly lower complication rate.  

Since the body has to get used to the changes, gastric issues such as stomach discomfort, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and pain can occur right after the insertion and last usually the first 3 to 5 days. These symptoms can usually be managed with oral medication at home. You will be discharged with medication to settle nausea and pain.

Based on the side effects mentioned above, our patients stay at the clinic overnight so we can ensure fluid intake and provide them with medication through infusion therapy. This is crucial to minimalize complication rate and prepare the patient for a safe return home.

Frequent contraindications

- Antidepressants or other psychopharmacs, depression and depressive disorders, mental health problems up to self-harm.

- BMI lower than 30,0

- Defects of stomach lining (preventive intake of PPI before the procedure recommended, please contact us for further information)

Main difference between the common gastric balloons and the Spatz

Gastric balloon for 6 months

  • Has to be extracted till 6 months
  • Average weight loss 17 kg
  • Lower price

Spatz3 balloon for 12 months

  • Has to be extracted till 12 months
  • Average weight loss 25 kg
  • Volume-adjust up: extra fluid can be added to make weight loss more effective
  • Volume-adjust down: fluid can be decreased in case of urgent side effects
  • Highest success rate

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions or schedule an appointment via the contact form or email (see contact details).

How to get to our centre?

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The Clinical Center ISCARE a.s. is located in a high-rise building in Prague 9 near the O2 Arena.

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4 ways to get to us

By car – to Českomoravská street with parking possibilities in the Galerie Harfa shopping center.

By metro – to Českomoravská station and then a 5-minute walk.

Take trams – 8 or 25 to the Multiarena Praha station and then a 3-minute walk.

By train – 9-minute walk from Nádraží Libeň station.