What is the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System?

The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System is a non-surgical weight loss system. This innovative balloon is the world’s only adjustable gastric balloon, and it boasts the highest weight loss results and success rates. FDA Clinical Trials have shown that Spatz balloon patients lost five times as much weight as patients who tried to lose weight with diet alone. 

 The Spatz balloon is a small, silicone balloon that is placed into the stomach. It is filled with sterile, harmless saline, which causes patients to feel full more quickly and thus eat less. In the early stages of treatment, patients who experience discomfort or balloon intolerance may have the balloon size adjusted to make it more comfortable. If weight loss begins to stall, the balloon can be readjusted with more saline, which provides a greater fullness–jump starting further weight loss.

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What Happens During The Procedure?

You will be placed under mild sedation to begin the process. From there, the deflated balloon is carefully placed with a flexible camera that is threaded down the esophagus and into your stomach. The balloon is then 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.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

Because the balloon is adjustable, it can be adjusted downward initially to lead to greater balloon tolerance in more than 82% of patients, then slowly upward in order to ultimately lead to greater overall weight loss. Each adjustment takes only about 15 minutes. 

The Spatz3 balloon can also remain in the stomach for eight months instead of the usual six, giving you a longer period of time in which to benefit from weight loss. 

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.

Who is an Ideal Candidate For Weight Loss With The Spatz3 Balloon?

Patients who haven’t had success with diet and exercise alone and are looking for a fully reversible procedure may be ideal candidates for the Spatz3 balloon. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 
  • Would like to lose 20-50 pounds
  • Have not had prior stomach surgery, such as hiatal hernia repair
  • Have not had prior  bariatric surgery, including: lap band, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass.
  • Are not using anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) daily
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are motivated to lose weight and willing to make long-term lifestyle changes to sustain weight loss

Benefits from the Spatz3 Balloon

The Spatz3 balloon is a very exciting new treatment because it provides so many outstanding benefits:

  • Involves no long-term alterations to the stomach
  • Is much safer than bariatric surgery 
  • Complication risk is less than 0.03 percent
  • Is proven to have an 84% success rate 
  • Results in 15% weight loss (compared to 6.6%-10.2% for other balloons on the market) 
  • Is adjustable, which makes the balloon more tolerable initially and more effective longer-term
  • Can remain in place longer in order to achieve greater weight loss
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Aftercare and Follow-Up Treatments

Plan to take about 3-4 days to rest and recover from your Spatz3 balloon procedure. Depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the stomach balloon, you will be able to return to your usual activities as soon as you are comfortable.

We will check in with you after 1-2 weeks, and meet with you once a month to help ensure you’re doing well with your diet and exercise program.

Why Choose The New York Bariatric Group?   

The surgeons and staff at New York Bariatric Group have devoted their careers to providing the safest and most efficient obesity treatments available. New York Bariatric Group was formed by four of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons coming together to form a collaborative practice that would change the quality and efficacy of treatments for patients. We are proud to be a renowned institution that helps thousands of people find weight loss success.


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

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