What is the Allurion Balloon?
The Allurion Gastric Balloon is a gastric balloon, and once in place works no differently from the Orbera 365. The fundamental difference, one which has lent to its popularity, is the way in which it is placed. In this case, the Allurion Gastric Balloon comes in the form of a swallowable pill. The patient is encouraged to swallow said capsule by the consultant, and once an x-ray has confirmed it is sitting correctly in the fundus, they will begin inflation. This process takes around twenty minutes in total, after which you will be free to go home.
How Does the Swallowable Gastric Balloon Work?
As touched upon above, the swallowable gastric balloon works much in the same way as the Orbera 365 12 month gastric balloon. In essence, the Allurion Balloon fills takes up around 60% of the patient’s stomach, suppressing the hunger hormone ghrelin. The Allurion Balloon lasts up to 16 weeks, at which point it is designed to deflate and pass naturally. During this time, a typical patient can look to lose 14% of their total body weight on average with Allure Weightloss.
How Easy is it to Swallow the Allurion Gastric Balloon?
The majority of our patients (around 70%) are able to swallow the gastric balloon without help. 29% need the assistance of their GMC registered Consultant and a tool that is referred to as the ‘stylet’. This stylet is inserted in the catheter which is attached to the capsule and is used to guide the balloon pill into and down the patient’s throat. There is a very small percentage that find they are not able to swallow the balloon at all, but this is very rare.
How to Book a Consultation
Want to know more? Learn more about the Allurion Gastric Balloon by getting in touch with one of our specialists today. Simple call 0345 512 0094 or fill out our online enquiry form. You must have a BMI of at least 27 to qualify. The Allurion Balloon is available across our ten placement centres. You may also explore all of our GMC registered consultants here, as well as our HCPC registered Dietitians and nurses.