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Gastric balloon & Spatz balloon

The gastric balloon is used for clients with class I obesity and above (BMI above 30). The gastric balloon helps rapid satiation, and limits feelings of hunger. The reason for the operation is the prevention or treatment of diseases caused by obesity, and also an improvement in the quality and length of life. It can also be used for patients suffering from morbid obesity (BMI above 50), mainly to reduce their weight before a planned bariatric operation. 

This method is suitable for patients who, due to medical reasons, cannot or do not wish to undergo other methods of treating obesity (e.g. gastric banding, tubulization or plication), among others because it does not require general anaesthesia.

The balloon floats freely in the stomach and gives the patient a feeling of being full; it reduces the free volume of the stomach, thereby decreasing the volume of food. This effect leads to weight loss. It's left in the stomach for a period of 6 months, during which the patient forms new eating habits; it's then easier for them to adhere to the new regime after the balloon is removed.

The method's effectiveness is considerable - specialized work published to date states that weight loss is 15-25 kg within 6 months. Obviously, this depends on the initial weight.

The procedure

A major advantage of the gastric balloon is that only local anaesthetic is used (a subduing by an injection).  The insertion of the gastric balloon takes only 20 to 30 minutes. An endoscopic examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum is performed before the insertion itself. Then the balloon is inserted on a cable and, under visual inspection via the endoscope, is filled with 400-600 ml of so-called saline solution via a valve, into which a special dye is added - 2.5 ml of methylene blue. This serves as an indicator if the balloon ruptures; in such a case it colours the urine and warns the patient that they must find a doctor and have the balloon removed immediately. Even if the empty balloon enters further into the digestive tract, it's usually spontaneously expelled.

After the procedure

On the morning following the procedure, the client can leave the clinical centre and return home without any problems. Some clients may suffer from gastric problems immediately after the procedure, such as heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Most of these problems are only temporary and will subside in the first few hours after the procedure.


After a period of 6 months, the balloon is endoscopically removed. The balloon is ruptured, and the fluid or air is sucked out. The rest of the balloon is pulled out. The gastric balloon is a procedure with a relatively low level of risk. The most frequent complication with the gastric balloon is the spontaneous rupture of the balloon inside the stomach. However, this complication usually occurs if the client does not comply with the doctor's recommendation to remove the balloon within 6 months of its implantation.

The Spatz balloon

The Spatz balloon is used for clients with class I obesity and above (BMI above 30). The gastric balloon helps rapid satiation, and limits feelings of hunger. The reason for the operation is the prevention or treatment of diseases caused by obesity, and also an improvement in the quality and length of life. It can also be used for patients suffering from morbid obesity (BMI above 50), mainly to reduce their weight before a planned bariatric operation.

This method is suitable for patients who, due to medical reasons, cannot or do not wish to undergo other methods of treating obesity (e.g. gastric banding, tubulization or plication), among others because it does not require general anaesthesia.

Compared to a conventional balloon, the Spatz balloon has several advantages. It's inserted for a period of up to 12 months, and the average weight loss is 23-27 kg. Obviously it depends on the initial weight.  The patient can better form new eating habits; it's then easier for them to adhere to the new regime after the balloon is removed. At the same time, the Spatz balloon is better tolerated by the human body, and therefore also brings with it greater comfort and safety for the patient. The balloon floats freely in the stomach and gives the patient a feeling of being full; it reduces the free volume of the stomach, thereby decreasing the volume of food.

The procedure

A major advantage of the gastric balloon is that only local sedation is used (a subduing by an injection). The insertion of the gastric balloon takes only 20 to 30 minutes. An endoscopic examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum is performed before the insertion itself. Then the balloon is inserted on a cable and, under visual inspection via the endoscope, is filled with 400-600 ml of so-called saline solution via a valve, into which a special dye is added - 2.5 ml of methylene blue. This serves as an indicator if the balloon ruptures; in such a case it colours the urine and warns the patient that they must find a doctor and have the balloon removed immediately. Even if the empty balloon enters further into the digestive tract, it's usually spontaneously expelled.

After the procedure

On the morning following the procedure, the client can leave the clinical centre and return home without any problems. Some clients may suffer from gastric problems immediately after the procedure, such as heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Most of these problems are only temporary and will subside in the first few hours after the procedure.

After a period of 12 months, the balloon is endoscopically removed. The balloon is ruptured, and the fluid or air is sucked out. The rest of the balloon is pulled out. The gastric balloon is a procedure with a relatively low level of risk. The most frequent complication with the gastric balloon is the spontaneous rupture of the balloon inside the stomach. However, this complication usually occurs if the client does not comply with the doctor's recommendation to remove the balloon within 12 months of its implantation.

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