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The Allurion Elipse Balloon

What is the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon?

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The Allurion Elipse™ Balloon is the first swallowable gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy*, or anaesthesia. The soft balloon is designed to help you reduce your food intake by taking up space in your stomach. This helps to create a feeling of fullness, and a decrease in hunger levels leads to lesser consumption during mealtimes, resulting in weight loss.

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Why Choose the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon?

The Allurion Elipse™ Balloon is proven to be effective in inducing weight loss. At approximately 16 weeks, you may expect to lose an average of around 10% to 15% of your initial body weight. If you sustain a healthy lifestyle, the weight loss can be maintained at the 12-month follow-up or even longer.

How Does the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon work?

The Allurion Elipse™ Balloon does not require any surgery, endoscopy*, or anaesthesia. The whole process takes around 20 minutes.

The deflated balloon comes in the form of a capsule attached to a thin tube called a catheter. You will be asked to swallow the capsule with water. Once swallowed, an X-ray is needed to ensure that it is in place. Our doctor will then proceed to fill the balloon up via the catheter. After the balloon is filled, another X-ray is needed to ensure that it has been filled correctly. Upon confirmation, the doctor will gently detach the tube from the balloon.

After approximately 16 weeks, a time-activated release valve on the balloon will open. This allows the balloon to empty and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract without needing a removal procedure*.

Is the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon Easy to Swallow?

Published data have shown that 99.9% of people succeed in swallowing the Allurion Elipse Balloon. However, if you experience difficulty swallowing the capsule on your own, our doctor can assist you by gently stiffening the catheter with a thin wire.

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Are There Any Possible Side-Effects After Placement of the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon?

Some possible side-effects include nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the commonly used medications prescribed.

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*In rare cases, the Allurion Elipse™ Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal. In rare cases, the empty balloon may be vomited instead of passing through the GI tract.

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