A New Approach to weight loss.
Kick-start your weight loss journey with the Allurion Gastric Balloon!
How does the Allurion Gastric Balloon weight loss programme work?
Your Questions Answered
What is the Allurion Gastric Balloon?
The Allurion Gastric Balloon is a soft balloon placed in your stomach. It is the first gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anaesthesia for placement or removal.* The balloon is placed during a brief 20-minute outpatient visit.1 After approximately 16 weeks, the balloon empties and passes naturally.
How does the Allurion Gastric Balloon work?
The balloon takes up space in your stomach and induces weight loss by increasing the feeling of fullness. This means that you are more likely to reduce the amount of food you eat throughout the day.2
How much weight can be lost with the Allurion Gastric Balloon?
After approximately 16 weeks of the Allurion Programme**, multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10 to 15kgs (1.57 to 2.36 stone) over the 16 weeks the balloon is in place.*** 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
What if I want to lose more than 10 to 15 kgs with Allurion?
It is possible to have another placement after your first Allurion Gastric Balloon has passed, this is called a sequential balloon.**** 13 Sequential balloon treatment is safe and effective if additional weight loss is recommended by your doctor. In a study of 42 patients, the average weight loss with 2 sequential Allurion Balloons was 22kgs and 22.8% total body weight loss. The maximum weight loss achieved was 48kgs and 40.9% body weight loss in 12 months!14
What happens on placement day?
You swallow a capsule containing the deflated balloon, attached to a thin tube. Once the balloon is confirmed to be in your stomach via X-ray, the balloon is filled through the catheter with 550 ml of water. A second X-ray is done, to make sure the balloon is filled. The placement requires a 20-minute outpatient visit.1
Is it easy to swallow?
Published data have shown that 99.9% of people succeed in swallowing the Allurion Gastric Balloon. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule on your own, your healthcare professional can assist you by gently stiffening the catheter with a thin wire.4
What are the possible side-effects after balloon placement?
Some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the commonly used medications prescribed.7, 12
Can I return to normal activities after placement?
Following healthcare professional approval, most people return to normal activity within a day or two, however some people may experience side effects for longer. It may be a good idea to book a few days off work after your balloon placement, just in case, or have the balloon placed on a Friday so you have the weekend off.
How is the balloon removed?
After approximately 16 weeks inside your stomach, a release valve will open, allowing the balloon to empty and pass naturally through your gastrointestinal tract without the need for a removal procedure.* However, in a very small number of patients, the empty balloon may be vomited. No associated adverse events have been reported if this occurs.
Are there any dietary restrictions?
Your nutritionist and healthcare team will tailor some recommendations for you to increase your success and well-being during the Allurion programme.
What happens after the balloon has passed?
At the end of the Allurion Programme, you should continue your healthy lifestyle habits. One clinical study with 509 patients showed that 95% of average weight loss with Allurion can be sustained at 12-month follow up.15
Is Allurion better than diet alone?
A recent clinical study has shown that when coupled with a 16-week intensive lifestyle modification (nutrition and exercise programme), the Allurion Gastric Balloon leads to significant weight loss when compared with lifestyle modification alone. The percentage of patients achieving 10% of Total Body Weight Loss at 16 weeks was 72% with Elipse vs 8% with diet and exercise alone.3 **
Will it be obvious to others that I have the Allurion Gastric Balloon in my stomach?
The Allurion Programme is a discrete experience. Unless you tell people, no one will know you have had the balloon placed. There is no need to tell family, friends or colleagues about Allurion, unless of course you want to!
How much does the Allurion programme cost?
In rare cases, the Allurion Gastric 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.
**The Allurion Gastric Balloon must be used in conjunction with a supervised nutrition and behavior modification programme. Allurion advises a 6-month follow-up programme. Its duration is defined by the physician and may vary depending on the physician and patient profile.
***Results may vary from one patient to another. A small percentage of patients don’t respond to the treatment.
****Eligibility for a sequential Allurion balloon is evaluated at the time prior to each placement to ensure you still meet requirements
1Clinical Trial Reports: DAA069 and DAA105
2Jamal et al. Obes Surg. 2019 Apr;29(4):1236-1241.
3Raftopoulos et al. Abstract 1978. Presented at ACS 2019, San Francisco, United States
4Ienca et al. Abstract 237, presented at IFSO 2019, Madrid, Spain
5Al Sabah, S., et al. SOARD. 2018, 14(3), 311-317.
6Machytka E et al. Endoscopy. 2017 Feb;49(2):154-160.
7Raftopoulos and Giannakou. SOARD. 2017 Jul;13(7):1174-1182.
8Genco et al. Obes Surg 2017,DOI 10.1007/s11695-017-2877-1
9Al-Subaie S et al. Int J Surg. 2017 Dec;48:16-22.
10Ienca et al. Submitted to SOARD. Abstract A278, presented at Obesity Week, 2018, Nashville, USA
11Genco et al. Abstract A185. Oral Presentation at Obesity Week, 2018, Nashville, USA
12Abu Dayyeh BK. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2015; 82(3):425-438
13Please read the Allurion balloon IFU for further information: https://www.eifu.online/LAB/02
15 Ienca et al. Presented at TOS 2020
16Ienca et al. Accepted abstract at Obesity Week 2020