Spatz3: The new adjustable and non-surgical intragastric balloon

Many people find it difficult to find a balance between diet and exercise. In most cases, food and calorie intake is too high, and physical exercise is too low. This leads to an increase in weight and a decrease in self-satisfaction.

Our medical specialists are here to help you restore this balance without the need for extreme diets or surgery that puts a strain on the body. The gentle approach of the Spatz3 intragastric balloon reduces your food intake in a natural way that supports your motivation to lose weight. In your individual consultation, our team of weight loss experts will put together the right package for you to maintain your desired weight for the long term.

Lose weight for longer: the Weight Doctors non-surgical gastric balloon for 12 months



Advantage #1
Noticeable results from day one. Expect to see the first weight loss results immediately after placement and up to 25kg in 1 year.

Advantage #2
Adjust the balloon during therapy for more tailored results. If desired, the volume of your balloon can be adjusted to positively influence your weight loss or reduce any side-effects.

Advantage #3
An effective, non-surgical weight loss therapy. The balloon is placed endoscopically through the mouth and leaves no incisions or scars.

Advantage #4
The Spatz3 delivers the highest safety standard of all intragastric balloons. The additional anchor of the Spatz3 prevents the balloon from sliding into the wider digestive tract.

at a glance

Duration of the procedure

approx. 30 minutes

Tyoe of anesthesia

semi-conscious sedation



Pain level

very low




after 3 – 4 days


365 days


from R 79,000

The minimally invasive treatment for weight loss

The intragastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth and throat in an endoscopic procedure. Once inserted it is filled with a blue-coloured saline solution. This treatment offers many advantages in comparison to conventional stomach balloons:

  • The balloon remains inserted in the stomach for 12 months
  • The amount of saline solution can be adjusted even after inserted. This enables the balloon to be adapted to the patients’ needs and any side-effects such as nausea and vomiting can be minimised.
  • Anchor system: the balloon cannot slide into the intestine to cause intestinal obstruction.


What does the treatment process look like?

The first step is to understand the details of the treatment with our specialist doctors in an individual consultation. Should you choose to undergo treatment, it is performed on an outpatient basis and shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. After staying in the clinic for about 1 hour for observation, you will be able to head home. The balloon can remain in place for 12 months to achieve better weight loss results than the 6 month intra-gastric balloon, given your continuous commitment to eating habits, diet and regular exercise. The filled volume of the balloon can be re-adjusted as soon as you get accustomed to having it in your stomach. This may take place around the 4th or 5th month of therapy. Our team of weight specialists will accompany you throughout your therapy and will be available to support you throughout your weight loss journey. After 12 months, we’ll make an appointment with you to remove the balloon. This will take while under sedation on an outpatient basis, taking no longer than the time taken to originally insert it.


In our video we show how the our Gastric Balloon is gently place inside your stomach


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Benefits of the Spatz3 intragastric balloon vs. comparable products

The Spatz3 intragastric balloon is a non-surgical treatment. This means no incisions, no scars, and no wounds to heal. For you, this means significantly less risk. Moreover, the temporary nature of the treatment gives you the flexibility to continue your new lifestyle even after the duration of the therapy, without any restrictive medical measures.

Compared to other comparable products, the biggest benefit with the Spatz3 is that you can wear it twice as long. With this treatment it’s now possible to take advantage of having a whole year to adapt and change your lifestyle and previous habits. This reduces the pressure for rapid weight loss and makes it easier to re-adapt and continue your journey once the balloon is removed.


No medication required. Fewer risks.

There is no need for further medication after inserting the balloon. This means that you are not exposed to any additional risks or undesirable side effects. This treatment gives you the freedom you have always wanted, while at the same time providing you with an internal coach who is always attentive to the frequency and amount of your food intake.

Thanks for the innovative anchor system of the intragastric balloon, the Spatz3 also eliminates the risk of the balloon slipping into the wider digestive tract e.g. in the rare event of the balloon emptying due to a defect. In the rare event of a defect, the anchor system makes it easy to be removed and replaced via the esophagus and mouth using a gastroscopy.


Lose weight from day 1

Unlike alternative weight loss methods, with the Spatz3 intragastric balloon you will lose weight from day one. On top of this, you have an additional advantage: it can be adjusted after being placed in the stomach! This means that the volume of the balloon can be flexibly adjusted to your needs during a further gastroscopy. For example, should you experience significant discomfort or have difficulties adjusting to the balloon, the volume can be reduced, making it more comfortable for you. If on the other hand, your weight loss progress has slowed or you’re looking for a more noticeable effect, the volume can be increased. This would mean that the Spatz3 would take up a slightly larger space in your stomach and can help regulate your food intake even better.


Our experience shows that weight loss continues after balloon adjustment

We have observed that with the new Spatz3, weight loss noticeably continues throughout the second phase after adjustment and adaptation. Due to the longer therapy time, our patients lose up to 30% more weight and are able to sustain this weight loss after treatment.

professor thomas hoelting, md

“Designed to be placed for 1 year, the Spatz3 is a real superstar amongst obesity treatments: easy to place, extremely flexible and long-lasting. This means a high success rate in the lifestyle changes our patients are looking for.”


The Spatz3 makes it possible for you to lose a significant amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. On top of this, the balloon helps you achieve long-lasting weight loss as it encourages you to commit to changes in your diet and lifestyle. Cravings, the constant feeling of being hungry and the dreaded yoyo-effect is reduced. Scientific studies have also shown that with Spatz3 you can lose weight more sustainably and effectively.

An intragastric balloon is an aid for a permanent change in diet and lifestyle. Together with Spatz3, we offer a variety of complementary approaches to help you achieve your weight loss goals. To get the most out of your treatment it is important that you commit to changing your lifestyle and leave behind your old habits. Together with the support of our weight loss specialists you have the best prerequisites to see the results you want from your treatment.

It will take a few days for your stomach to get used to the new balloon in place. This may cause the feeling of an upset stomach, some discomfort and vomiting. In most cases, these symptoms subside after about 3 – 5 days. The Spatz3 will then give you a quicker feeling of fullness and reduce the occurrence of feeling hungry.

No. Thanks to the innovative anchor system of the Spatz3, any undesirable slipping into the rest of the digestive tract, for example the intestine, is prevented. Our Spatz3 balloon is the only product on the market that offers this advantage.

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