As far as gastric balloon placements go, the Orbera 365 far outweighs its Allurion counterpart with over 400,000+ placements globally. There are several reasons for this, and in this blog we will look to explore each one. It should be noted that there is no ‘right or wrong choice’ when it comes to electing a gastric balloon placement, simply which one is best for you in a medical and practical sense. No matter the model, the gastric balloon is a weight loss tool that makes a fantastic alternative to bariatric surgeries such as the gastric sleeve or Roux-en-Y. That being said, there are pros and cons for both, and as an ethical and transparent medical weight loss company regulated by the CQC, we like to be completely transparent.
Flexibility and Convenience
In terms of flexibility, the Orbera Balloon beats out the Allurion in that you can have it removed at any point within the 12 month period. The Allurion Balloon, designed to deflate and pass naturally at around 4 months, would also require an endoscopy to remove the balloon any earlier. On the flip side, the Allurion is generally considered more convenient because it only requires one visit to a clinic and no sedation. Coming in a pill form, the Allurion can be placed within a 20 minute procedure after which you are free to leave the clinic. Both balloons occupy around 60% of the stomach, delay gastric emptying, and suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin.
Weight Loss Expectations
Generally speaking, weight loss expectations for both the Orbera 365 and Allurion gastric balloon are similar, at around 10 – 15% on average. Typically, 50% of weight loss occurs within the first month. However, due to the longer residence of the Orbera, patients find that the 12 month gastric balloon offers a better opportunity for habit adjustment and lifestyle changes. Regardless of which balloon you ultimately elect, you will be required to work with our HCPC registered Dietitian for maximum results. Our celebrated aftercare programme is enjoyed by all of our patients.
Starting Your Gastric Balloon Journey
Speak with a medical weight loss specialist today by calling 0345 512 0094 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, feel free to fill out our online enquiry form. Either way, we are happy to help provide you with all the information you need to make a sensible decision. Likewise, you can find a full list of our placement centres in England and Wales online here.