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.
Our specialist bariatric nurse will be making a daily reassurance call to you during this period.
On day one, stick to clear fluids only avoiding caffeine. It is essential to keep hydrated by taking small sips continuously throughout the day.
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.
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.
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 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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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 2 weeks after your placement day. In your first meeting you would have agreed a plan to guide you through your first 2 weeks of balloon placement.
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
Can I have another Elipse Balloon if i want to lose more weight?
Sequential Elipse Balloon treatment is safe and effective if your doctor recommends additional weight loss. In a study of 42 patients with the Sequential Elipse balloon fitted,
the average weight loss at 12 months was 22kgs/22.8% body weight loss, with the highest weight loss achieved being 48kgs.*1
Successful weight loss might not be as expensive as you think.
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1: Ienca et all. Accepted abstract at Obesity Week 2020