Have you ever wondered what the ‘right’ decision is in regard to medical weight loss? I know I have. After speaking to many patients it has become apparent that there is no ‘right’ answer to that question, but there are a set of things that you can do in order to be more confident in the decisions that you do make. To begin with, it’s good to assess the efforts you may have already made with the idea of weight loss in mind, considering what did and didn’t work and why that might have been.
Next would be to accurately calculate your BMI. We recommend taking up-to-date measurements and using the official NHS BMI Calculator. With your up-to-date BMI you will be able to assess whether you are eligible for the following medical weight loss procedures (prior to further eligibility questions) with Allure Weightloss:
- Allurion Balloon: min. BMI of 27 required, no upper limit
- Orbera 365: min. BMI of 30 required, upper limit of 50
- Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve): min. BMI of 35 required
- Roux-en-Y Bypass (Gastric Bypass): min. BMI of 35 required
Non-Surgical & Surgical Medical Weight Loss Options
With Allure Weightloss there are distinct surgical and non-surgical medical weight loss options, which include the gastric balloon and bariatric surgeries we are able to provide. As referenced above, we have two distinct types of gastric balloons. Gastric balloons are our non-surgical option, with the Allurion Balloon lasting for around 16 weeks and the Orbera 365 up to 12 months. The former is designed to be swallowable and deflate in the stomach, with the latter requiring an endoscopy for placement and removal. The Orbera 365 is FDA approved with 20 years plus of placement history, and the Allurion Balloon is CE approved and awaiting FDA approval. Weight loss expectations differ slightly depending on the balloon that you ultimately opt for, with an average total body weight expectation of 10 – 15% with the Allurion and between 10 and 18% with the Orbera. Gastric balloons are temporary tools that help individuals change habits for long-term success by reducing the feeling of hunger.
Bariatric surgery is, of course, a permanent option. What we mean by this is that the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are not reversible. Both procedures rely on a surgeon drastically reducing the space that a person has in their stomach to digest food, limiting how much, what, and how they eat. At Allure, we utilise handpicked Bariatric Consultant Surgeons and facilities in order to ensure our patients experience the best care possible, with an aftercare programme of dietitians and nurses that have been vetted with the same high levels of scrutiny. This is in order to help our patients feel confident about their procedure and aftercare. You can learn more about bariatric surgery with Allure here. In either case, it is essential that patients consider all of their options before electing to go through with an Allure Weightloss Programme, and are fully aware of the risks and complications that may arise. Being informed about your medical weight loss procedure is the best way to feel confident about any decision you decide to make.
Allure Weightloss Clinics
With clinics across England and Wales, Allure Weightloss are able to ensure patients are seen as close to home as possible. Each of the independently registered facilities was carefully selected to ensure they met our high standards. You can find your nearest clinic today by using our clinic locator tool.
Want to Begin a Medical Weight Loss Journey with Allure?
Learn more about medical weight loss options with Allure by contacting a member of the Allure Weightloss team by calling 0345 512 0094, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling in our enquiry form.
Allure Weightloss is a CQC registered provider of gastric balloons and bariatric surgery in the UK.