The Allurion Elipse Balloon is the first swallowable weight loss balloon that does not require any surgery, endoscopy, and anaesthesia. This soft balloon is designed to help you reduce your food intake by occupying space in your stomach. This increases the feeling of fullness. Due to the reduced hunger, you consume lesser during mealtimes, which leads to weight loss.
The Allurion Elipse Balloon has been shown to effectively induce weight loss. At approximately 16 weeks, people typically lose around 10% to 15% of your starting body weight. With a healthy lifestyle, you can maintain your weight loss at the 12 months follow up or even longer.
The placement of the Allurion Elipse Balloon takes approximately 20 minutes.
The deflated balloon, which is contained within a capsule, is attached to a thin tube called a catheter. Stated below are the expected steps of the placement:
Step 1: You will be asked by our doctor to swallow the capsule with water.
Step 2: Once swallowed, an X-ray will be conducted to make sure that the capsule is in position.
Step 3: Via the catheter, our doctor will proceed to fill up the balloon with liquid.
Step 4: A second X-ray will be conducted to make sure that the balloon is properly filled.
Step 5: Upon confirmation, our doctor will complete the placement by gently removing the catheter from the balloon.
After approximately 16 weeks, a time-activated release valve on the balloon will open, allowing the balloon to empty. Afterwhich, the balloon will be excreted naturally through the gastrointestinal tract without any need for a removal procedure.
It has been shown that 99.9% of people succeed in swallowing the Allurion Elipse Balloon. However, if you find it difficult to swallow the capsule on your own, our doctor can help you to gently stiffen the catheter with a thin wire.
Some of the possible side-effects include: nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the commonly used medications prescribed.