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WHAT TO EXPECT?

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STEP 1

THE CONSULTATION

During the first consultation, the Healthcare Physician will discuss with you how to achieve your weight loss and health goals. The Healthcare Professional will learn your eating habits, your health concerns and your goals.

Our goal at Spatz is to help our patients achieve a healthier lifestyle.

STEP 2

Before the treatment

If you decide to go through the Spatz3 treatment procedure, in order to ensure maximal success, your doctor will determine which pre-screening assessments will be required in your case. Pre-screening assessment may include any or all of the following:

Patient information profile

Dietary evaluation

General blood tests

Chest X-Ray and ECG ( Depending on your age )

To prepare for the insertion, you will be instructed to fast from midnight prior to your procedure.

STEP 3

Insertion of the Gastric Balloon

In most cases you will have the gastric balloon inserted while under conscious sedation. The gastric balloon is inserted endoscopically and placed in the stomach, then it is inflated with saline. You will be discharged and be able to return home within an hour.

The gastric balloon can easily be deflated and removed, if required, at any time.

Post Insertion

For the first 3-5 days following the gastric balloon positioning, you will feel uncomfortable and may experience any of the following; nausea, cramping, vomiting, and heartburn. This will pass and every effort will be made to reduce these side effects. You will be offered medication to settle your stomach and relieve the nausea. It is important to take the medication prior to the onset of nausea.

For the first 3 days after insertion, you will begin a liquid-only diet, slowly progressing to a semi-solid diet. Within about two weeks, you’ll be able to resume eating normal textured foods.

Adjustment Procedure

If you experience excessive or prolonged nausea, vomiting or pain, the gastric balloon volume can be diminished with an adjustment procedure.

If your appetite increases or you reach weight loss plateaus , the gastric balloon volume can be increased with an adjustment procedure.

The gastric balloon volume can be changed with a 15-minute endoscopy procedure. The preparation requires a liquid diet for 3 full days prior to the adjustment followed by fasting from midnight the night before the procedure. Adjustments will be made while you are under sedation. As with the insertion procedure, you’ll be discharged within an hour.

Volume Adjust Down

Volume Adjust Up

Extended Treatment Process

Removal Technique

At the end of the treatment period, the gastric balloon will be removed with endoscopy, again with the help of sedation. Preparation requires a liquid diet for 3 full days prior to the procedure followed by fasting from midnight the night before. Following the removal, you will be discharged within an hour.

Important Spatz3 Information

With any surgical or medical intervention there are always going to be risks and some complications. Although many are very rare and every effort is made to reduce or prevent them, you need to be fully aware of their existence in order to make an informed decision. Among the risks are:

Nausea and vomiting

Bloating

Peptic ulcer

Diarrhea

Reactions to sedation

Aspiration Pneumonia

Esophageal/gastric perforation

Gastro-Esophageal reflux

Deflation of the gastric balloon and intestinal obstruction

Spontaneous hyperinflation of the balloon

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