Allurion Balloon Placement

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Understanding the Allurion Balloon Placement


Explore the Allurion Balloon Programme with Allure

The Allurion Programme at Allure Weightloss is a 6 month lifestyle programme centred around the Allurion Balloon. As long as you have a BMI of 27 or over then this could be the weight loss treatment for you. Not only will you have access to the 4 month swallowable gastric balloon, but also support from our HCPC registered Dietitians as standard. Learn more about the Allurion Balloon placement day below.

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Starting Your Weight Loss Journey

The Programme starts with your first consultation with our dietitian to get you fully prepared for your journey with the Elipse, to help you manage the first few day’s post placement, and guide you up until your first meeting after the placement.

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Before Your Allurion Balloon Placement

If you have a smart phone, download the Allurion app onto your phone. This will sync to the smart scales you will receive as part of the programme, to keep track of your progress. 

Your doctor will have prescribed your anti-acid medication which you need to start taking in the run up to the  placement and the anti-sickness medicine as prescribed.

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It is advisable to keep yourself well hydrated in the 24-48 hours before your placement by increasing your fluid intake. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of fluid spread through the day. 

For around 10 to 12 hours before your balloon placement, you will be required to limit your intake to only clear liquids and will be asked to stop liquids two hours before the placement.

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Allurion Balloon Placement Day

We advise coming along with someone else if possible, for added support and for someone to chat to immediately after placement and for the journey home. Remember, it is completely natural if you are feeling a little apprehensive on the days leading up to your placement, but we hope that the knowledge you will be taken care of by experienced and talented gastric balloon specialists will help to ease any nerves you may have. Likewise, all our consultants are handpicked and GMC registered in order to ensure you will only be seen by individuals at the top of their field. 

Before You Arrive

You will be asked to refrain from eating anything during the morning of your placement, but you can continue to drink still water, clear tea with honey is also fine. Stay hydrated until around 2 hours before placement. 

Avoid wearing any necklaces or using lipstick or lip balm before you head to the placement facility, necklaces may affect the x-ray imaging and lipstick can stick to the capsule you will swallow.

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Arrival at the Allurion Balloon Clinic

You will be met by staff at the facility, and after a few formalities (sign in, temperature check, and hand sanitation) you will meet your doctor and be taken through to the x-ray room where the procedure takes place.

The Allurion Balloon Procedure

Sitting upright in a chair, you will swallow your balloon capsule attached to a thin tube, with a glass of water. If you need assistance your doctor will help you with the use of the Stylet  An X-ray is taken to check the capsule is where it is supposed to be, then the balloon filling is initiated – this takes about 6 minutes.

Once filling has completed, another X-ray is taken to confirm the balloon is in place, and filled correctly before your doctor gently pulls the catheter out leaving the balloon inside your stomach. 

The procedure has taken no more than 20 minutes, in many cases even less! 

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Post Placement

The placement is now over and your balloon is ready to get to work! We advise coming along with someone else if possible, for added support and for someone to chat to immediately after placement on your journey home. This is so you can feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, which is always good! The next few days can be strange as your body adjusts to the gastric balloon in your stomach. This is completely normal, and we have outlined some expected symptoms below. 

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The first few days

The first few days can be difficult as your brain is adjusting to this new object sitting in your stomach, so its natural response is to try and remove it. Unfortunately, the way it does this is by releasing acids into your stomach to fight it – this causes stomach cramps, nausea and in cases vomiting.

It can be a trying start, so be prepared for this, and keep in mind that it is perfectly normal, as after a few days the brain gives up the battle and those symptoms disappear. This process is completely natural, and can be experienced to various degrees. But you should not worry too much, and our team will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Our specialist bariatric nurse will be making a daily reassurance call to you during this period. You will also be placed on special medication that you will take before and after the placement in order to ease these side effects. 

Day 1

On day one, stick to clear fluids only avoiding caffeine. It is essential to keep hydrated by taking small sips continuously throughout the day.

Days 2-3

On days 2-3 you can progress to a smooth puree diet, but if you start to feel nausea again, we advise to switch back to clear fluids.

Days 4-5

Usually by days 4-5 you can go back to a solid diet, but in some cases, it can take longer, everyone reacts in different ways. Our dietitian would have guided you on ideas according to your personal plan.

2+ Weeks

Two weeks after placement you will have your second dietitian meeting and then monthly from then on until balloon passage.

Remember to keep sending in your weekly weight readings to your dietitian.​
A more detailed post placement leaflet is included in your patient pack.

The Allurion Balloon Passage

At approximately 16 weeks, the Elipse balloon deflates and passes through your system. It is not uncommon that this could happen at 14 weeks even up to 20 weeks.

Typical symptoms may include some stomach cramps and diarrhoea, so it is advisable to return to a soft diet at week 15 to help reduce these side effects. About half of patients visibly notice the balloon in their stool and half do not.


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Pre Placement FAQ's

The Allurion Elipse Balloon is designed to reside in your stomach for approximately 16 weeks. The balloon can deflate anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before or after the 16 weeks. The Balloon then passes naturally through your GI tract.

Ideally we will schedule your first dietitian meeting one to two weeks prior to placement. A plan tailored around you will be created to prepare you for placement day and your Elipse journey beyond placement.

Allure Weightloss will provide you with a full set of medications for the whole programme until the balloon passes. 

For around 8 hours before your balloon placement, you will be required to limit your intake to only clear liquids, and you will be asked to stop liquids two hours before the placement.

Be comfortable, ideally in casual wear such as a tracksuit, try to avoid tight belts. Women will be advised to remove any underwire bra prior to placement.

People on average lose between 10 and 15% of their body weight over the course of the Allurion Programme. However on many occasions we have had patients losing more than this.

Placement Day FAQ's

The Elipse placement takes place at one of our CQC registered diagnostic facilities. There is no need for hospital admittance. The time spent at the facility is no longer than 30 minutes.

The Elipse balloon is encapsulated in a capsule that you swallow with a glass of water, whilst attached to a catheter. Your doctor will guide you.

99.9%  can swallow the capsule containing the Elipse Balloon without any problems.

However, if you do have difficulty swallowing it, your doctor can use a thin wire (stylet) to help guide the capsule into place – still without endoscopy or anaesthesia.

The balloon is filled with 550ml of distilled water.

As soon as the procedure is over you will be able to go straight home.

People on average lose between 10 and 15% of their body weight over the course of our Elipse Programme

Post Placement FAQ's

Most people will experience nausea, stomach cramps and possibly vomiting for the first few days, starting from around 2 hours after placement. This is perfectly normal and expected as your body adjusts. You will receive your anti-sickness medication to help you out during this period.

We do not recommend driving home yourself if your journey is greater than two hours. It is advisable to always have someone accompanying you regardless.

Most people can return to normal activity within a few days. However, many people do experience nausea, abdominal cramping and, occasionally, vomiting after balloon placement for the first three days.

In most cases, your doctor will prescribe commonly used medication to help manage these symptoms as part of the package.

Your second dietitian meeting is usually 1 week after your placement day. We find this the optimal time that patients need the support, after going through the first recovery/adapting stage. In your first meeting you would have agreed a plan to guide you through your  preparation and first week of balloon residence.

There are no absolute dietary restrictions with the Elipse Programme. However, to make the most of the programme and maximise your weight loss and comfort, your dietitian will tailor recommendations for you, your body and your weight-loss goals.

People on average lose between 10 and 15kg (1.57 to 2.36 stone) over four months of balloon therapy.²-¹²

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