I’m interested … can I afford it?

The balloon program costs less than half of many bariatric procedures, making it an affordable option for customers who want to lose weight without compromising their results. Below is a list of approximate fees and factors that can influence the final price for the balloon.

Surgeon Fees
From $400 to $600

How experienced is the surgeon?
One reason why the cost of the balloon procedure can vary from clinic to clinic is due to the education and experience of the surgeon. Surgeons who have just completed their education and are just starting out in their careers may charge less because they're still learning and building their skills. On the other hand, a surgeon with years of experience, who is very skilled will likely charge more.
How many procedures of this kind has the surgeon performed, and how recently?
As the saying goes … practice really does make perfect. The more balloon procedures the surgeon has performed and the more frequently he performs them, the less likely it is that there will be any complications. Keep in mind that when it comes to selecting a surgeon, you should consider their skill over personality every time.
What is the surgeon's area of specialization?
All doctors who perform the Trissa balloon procedure are not just general surgeons, they’re specialists in their chosen fields. We take great care to only work with the best surgeons in Toronto who have each accumulated years of clinical operative experience and performed thousands of therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
What types of professional memberships and accreditation does the doctor have?
Ensure that your physician is in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). Ask if they are trained in Advanced Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support Life Support (BCLS). Membership in The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is also a good sign as it not only ensures proper qualification but indicates they have kept their training up to date.

Facility Fees
From $700 to $900
per procedure

At what facility will the procedure be performed?
It’s likely that your procedure will be performed at one of Ontario’s 273 ‘out-of-hospital’ medical clinics rather than the hospital itself as this reduces the wait time and cost for the patient. All clinics must pass regular inspections but some clinics offer better amenities than others. Even though you’ll be at the facility for a brief period of time it’s worthwhile asking if you can inspect the premises before booking your procedure.
Is the facility in good standing with the CPSO?
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is responsible for conducting inspection‐assessments of out-of-hospital premises. Their findings and any recommendations for improvement are available for viewing online here. We highly recommend you do your research and ensure your clinic is in good standing with the CPSO.
What medical support staff will be there on the day of the procedure?
Numerous people and services work together to contribute to your care and provide you with successful trea™ent while at the clinic. The facility fees include the costs of these people who range from nurses and allied health professionals to support and administrative staff.
What type of anesthesia is being provided?
Your surgeon should tell you whether a local, regional, or general anesthesia will be administered and why this type of anesthesia is recommended for your procedure. You should also ask who will be giving the anesthesia (such as an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist) and ask to meet with that person before your procedure is performed.
How often are balloon procedures performed at this facility?
Research shows that some out-patient facilities simply do a better job than others. For example, we know that facilities that do a greater number of the same surgeries tend to have better outcomes for their patients.

Balloon Costs
From $2,500 to $3,700

What is the make of the balloon I am getting?
Two types of balloons are approved for use in the Canadian market. The Orbera® and the Spatz 3 (Trissa™). When issuing the license for medical devices like the balloon, Health Canada and the device manufacturer set specific guidelines for the conditions and indications for which the license was issued. For example: age, the BMI range, and how long the device can be placed for.
How long can the balloon stay in my stomach?
The Orbera® balloon is approved by Health Canada for placement up to 6 months and the Spatz 3 is approved for 12 months placement. Since the Spatz 3 (Trissa™) balloon can be placed for twice as long as the Orbera® balloon, you could expect to pay more for the Spatz 3 (Trissa™) device.
Is it Adjustable or Non Adjustable?
The adjustability of the balloon is a very important consideration both for comfort and weight loss results. A non-adjustable balloon is filled with fluid once and that’s it. If it’s too full, you’ll feel very uncomfortable and may need to have it removed early. If it’s not full enough you may not experience good weight loss results as the balloon will be ineffective. Adjustable balloons, as the name implies, allow the doctor to remove or add fluid to the balloon as necessary. Due to these benefits, adjustable balloons cost more than non-adjustable balloons.
Does it come with a manufacturer’s warranty?
A manufacturer’s warranty is a great benefit as it covers you for any defects that may occur with the balloon while it is in place. That means you don’t incur additional costs for a new balloon if it needs to be replaced. The Spatz 3 (Trissa™) device includes a manufacturer’s warranty.
What is the published success rate of the balloon I’m getting?
It’s important to know the success rate of the balloon you are considering. The FDA defines success rate as a greater than 10% Total Bodyweight Loss (TBL) and/or greater than 25% Excess Weight Loss (EWL). Non-adjustable balloons have a success rate of less than 50% - (e.g. Orbera® 46.4%). Adjustable balloons like the Spatz 3 (Trissa™) have a success rate between 79% - 88.5%.

Monthly Program Fees
From $150 to $300

How long does the program run for?
The duration of your support program will impact the fees that you can expect to pay. At the very least you’ll want to receive support for the entire duration that the balloon is in place. Some programs provide additional support after the balloon is removed.
Do you focus exclusively on supporting balloon patients?
If you are purchasing your balloon program directly from a physician, they may not have an allied health team on hand to manage your day-to-day dietary and lifestyle program. This portion of the program may instead be outsourced to third parties. Ideally, you really want to ensure that you’re choosing a provider who offers a one-stop-shop (medical procedure and dietary support) as they will have a greater interest in ensuring you experience a higher success rate with better weight loss results.
Who provides support during the program and how often can I reach out to them?
Regular access to your doctor and allied health support team (nurses, dieticians etc.) will certainly help improve the results you can expect with your balloon. Before selecting a provider, ask them who the members on your support team are, how often you can reach out to the team, and whether your meetings with them are held in person, via Skype or over the phone. It’s also good to know if your allied health team mostly focus on supporting balloon patients or whether they provide a more generalized level of support for all types of bariatric procedures.
What weight loss results can I expect?
The weight loss industry is littered with inflated and even false weight loss claims so it makes sense to do your homework. Here’s a handy checklist to help you spot a claim that may not be legitimate:-

Sample Claim: “Average loss 60lbs in 6 months”


  • Does the weight loss claim link to a published study that supports the results?

  • Does the study cover a large group of people or just a small sample size (15 or less)

  • Does the study use the same balloon you’re considering?

  • Does the amount of weight loss advertised match what the balloon manufacturer’s website claim?

  • Does the doctor performing your procedure agree with the stated weight loss claim or is it just the salesperson who is giving you these numbers?



Beware of centers claiming the results are just with their program and not necessarily those experienced by users of the balloon in other locations.
Do you have before and after photos of your actual patients?
This is another way to spot providers making false or exaggerated claims. Ask to see before and after photos of their actual patients that support their weight loss claims. Ask to speak to some of their actual patients to see how they felt about the program and their weight loss results. If a provider is making a claim that the “average weight loss is 60lbs in 6 months” then you should expect to view a number of before and after photos of their patients showing those kinds of results within that same timeframe.

Other Factors That
Can Influence Costs

Total number of procedures included in the price
It’s a good idea to ask how many procedures as included in the price of your balloon program. Most balloon programs include the cost of placing the balloon as well as the cost to remove the balloon at the end of the program term. In the case of adjustable balloons, the cost to adjust the balloon anytime during the program may also be included in the fee. This will impact the final costs when comparing non-adjustable balloons to adjustable ones as the adjustable balloon program is likely to offer 3 procedures versus the 2 that you would have with a non-adjustable balloon program.
Cost of device removal
When comparing the pricing of different weight loss procedures it’s important to consider that many procedures DO NOT include the fee to either remove the device or reverse the procedure (if possible). Electively removing devices like the Lap-Band can run into thousand’s of dollars that you may not have budgeted for. With a gastric balloon program, you have the benefit of all the costs being covered in the initial fee including the cost of removing the device as it is not meant to remain in place beyond a specific time duration.
Early device removal - within the first two weeks
Early removal of the balloon can occur if you are unable to tolerate nausea and vomiting that are common for the first few days after placement. This happens in around 14% to 19% of cases with non-adjustable balloons. If you’re choosing a program with a non-adjustable balloon, be sure to check with your provider whether you will receive a refund of your program fees and how much of a refund you can expect to receive if the balloon has to be removed due to intolerance.
What measures can be taken to avoid early removal?
Gastric discomfort, nausea, and vomiting are common for the first few days following balloon placement but rarely continue in the longer term. If you are feeling very sick following the procedure, we offer free intravenous therapy for rehydration and the option to adjust the volume of the balloon to relieve your symptoms. It’s good to check what plan your selected provider has in place to deal with this issue should it arise.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System (hereinafter referred to as Trissa™) is indicated for temporary use in weight-loss therapy for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 and above with one or more weight-related comorbid conditions who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
The maximum placement period for the Trissa™ Adjustable Balloon System is 12 months, and it must be removed at that time or earlier.
The Trissa™ Adjustable Balloon System is to be used in conjunction with a long-term supervised diet and behaviour modification program designed to increase the possibility of long term weight-loss maintenance.
The Trissa™ Adjustable Balloon System is not recommended for patients who have undergone previous weight loss surgery, or have conditions that may increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary program, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may become pregnant within the timeframe that the balloon is in place.
Caution: Inflation volumes greater than 700 ml are not recommended. Placement of the Trissa™ Adjustable Balloon System requires an endoscopic procedure with sedation. All surgery carries some risk. Weight, age, and medical history determine your specific risks. Check with your doctor to see if the Trissa™ Adjustable Balloon System is a practical option for you.

Kindly Note: Results and Patient Experience May Vary.
#1 Balloon in Canada – Spatz3 is the balloon doctors use most for adjustable gastric balloon procedures.
5 Times more effective than dieting alone – https://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j4849
*Monthly costs (excluding interest if applicable) are calculated over the program term and exclude a pre-paid deposit of $1,500 to initiate the program. Payment terms are subject to financing based on credit approval.
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