The Allurion Balloon: State of the Art Weight Loss
The Allurion Balloon is a safe, reliable, and effective way to support realistic weight loss goals. Are you looking to revolutionise your weight loss journey and make the necessary changes to live a healthier and more confident life? If so, the Allurion Gastric Balloon as part of the Allure Weightloss Programme could be for you. This swallowable gastric balloon pill available in the UK sees patients achieve an average body weight reduction of 10 – 15%.
Why Allure Weightloss?
Allure Weightloss are CQC registered providers. Along with the Allurion Gastric Balloon, you will enjoy the expert support of our bariatric nurses and HCPC registered dietitians. It is because of this that patients and consultants alike recommend gastric balloon placements with Allure Weightloss. We support you to make the necessary lifestyle changes that once implemented can support the healthy maintenance of weight loss long after your Allurion Balloon placement period is over. You can find and read our patient testimonials here.
The Allurion Gastric Balloon
The Allurion Gastric Balloon is about the size of a medium grape fruit once filled, and occupies about 60% of your stomach. This creates a distinct feeling of fullness which makes you eat less and feel full for longer.
The balloon is made from a material called polyurethane, which is 85% lighter than other silicone gastric balloons. Due to this, the Allurion Gastric Balloon is considered gentler on the stomach, and more malleable. Patients have reported a greater tolerance of the Allurion Balloon over other options, however there is yet to be any official data supporting this.
State of the Art Weight Loss
A special filament bounds the Allurion Gastric Balloon together, which is exposed only to the internal contents of the gastric balloon. Along with distilled water, there is a food preservative that works to slowly degrades this filament.
At approximately 16 weeks the filament is fully degraded, and the balloon opens. This will result in the gastric balloon gently releases its contents into the stomach, leaving the polyurethane membrane to pass naturally through the GI tract. Moreover, most a majority of patients never notice the balloon pass.
The nature of this procedure as a swallowable gastric balloon pill means patients avoid the need for endoscopy or anaesthesia.
Allurion Balloon Capsule and Catheter
The swallowable vegan capsule encases the deflated Allurion Balloon and is attached to a thin catheter that is used to transmit the distilled water into the balloon. This catheter is radio opaque, meaning it is clearly visible on x-ray for the doctor to identify the location of the attached capsule before filling of the balloon commences. This process ensures your comfort and safety.
After filling has completed, and there has been one more x-ray to confirm positioning of the Allurion Balloon, the doctor gently pulls on the catheter which detaches from the balloon. The balloon will automatically seal and from there the balloon can start to do its job.
The Allurion Balloon Stylet
Seven out of ten patients can swallow the capsule unassisted, however the remaining three out of ten often need a little help. This help comes in the form of the ‘Stylet’ – a thin wire that is inserted into the catheter to stiffen it, which then enables the doctor to gently nudge the capsule past the back of your throat and into the gullet as you swallow some water simultaneously.
Thanks to the Stylet, data has shown that 99.9% of patients manage to swallow the Allurion Gastric Balloon capsule.
Smart Digital Scales and Watch
The Allurion Elipse Balloon Programme includes a set of state of the art smart scales and health tracker watch. The scales capture a variety of metrics including body fat, visceral fat, body water and BMI and can be used by up to four people in your household. The watch measures your daily steps, heart rate, sleeping pattern amongst some of the metrics, helping you to keep track of your activities.
The Smartphone App
The smart scales link to the Allurion Gastric Balloon App, a free app which you need to download onto your smartphone, and If you have a Fitbit you can also link the app to your Fitbit account!
It is important to send your weight readings, via the app to your dietitian on a weekly basis so that they can keep track of your progress in between your appointments.
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Did you know?
Why a long term balloon?
45% of patients do not even notice the Allurion Balloon passing, meaning 55% will notice it in the toilet. 2
Tried and tried again
The Allurion Elispe Balloon will certainly give you that much needed boost to kick start your weight loss. 76% of consumers are not fully satisfied with previously tried weight loss solutions.3
How widely is the Allurion Balloon used?
The Allurion Gastric Balloon has been widely available in Europe since 2012, though it is in recent years that it has gained tremendous popularity attributed to the many success stories associated with the Allurion Programme and its safety profile. The Allurion Gastric Balloon is an elegant, brilliantly designed state of the art medical weight loss device.
Total adverse events reported were less than 2% in over 30,000 Allurion Gastric Balloons distributed.
(Data from March 2016 – September 2020)
The top 10 adverse events reported and incidence:
Premature Deflation 0.44%
Small Bowel Obstruction 0.09%
Gastric Outlet Obstruction 0.03%
Gastric Perforation 0.01%
Incomplete Device Emptying 0.01%
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1: Ienca et al abstract 237 presented at IFSO 2019 Madrid, Spain
2 Ienca et al submitted to IFSO 2020. Presented at Allurian Masterclass May 2020
3:Allurion consumer market research; 9800 respondents, 8 geogoraphies; Oct 2018