Allurion Gastric Balloon A Non-Surgical Weight Loss Solution

If you're considering weight loss options, you may have heard about the Allurion Gastric Balloon Program. This innovative program offers a non-surgical, non-endoscopic, and anesthesia-free solution for weight loss. The procedure begins with swallowing a small capsule containing the balloon. Once the capsule reaches the stomach, the balloon is filled with a saline solution.

The Allurion Gastric Balloon works by occupying space in your stomach, which helps you feel full faster and eat less. This slows down your digestive transit and ultimately leads to weight loss. The balloon is a temporary aid, typically removed after six months, during which it can help you lose 10% - 15% of your total body weight. This makes it an excellent option for those who have struggled with traditional weight loss methods and are seeking a non-invasive solution.

What Is the Allurion Gastric Balloon?

An Easy Procedure

The Allurion Gastric Balloon is a soft, silicone balloon that is inserted into your stomach through your mouth using a minimally invasive procedure. Once in place, the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution, expanding it to the size of a grapefruit. This occupies space in your stomach, helping you feel full after consuming smaller portions of food.

Developing Healthy Habits

The balloon is designed to remain in your stomach for approximately four months, during which you'll work with a healthcare provider to develop healthy eating habits and increase physical activity. After this period, the balloon self-deflates and is naturally passed in your stool.

The Ideal Candidate

The Allurion Gastric Balloon is designed for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher who have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. This procedure may be an excellent option for those who are not eligible for weight loss surgery or prefer to avoid surgery altogether.

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The Procedure Experience

When you decide to undergo the Allurion gastric balloon procedure, your first step will be a consultation with your doctor to determine if you are a suitable candidate. During the procedure, you will swallow a capsule containing the balloon. Patients typically place the capsule at the back of their throat and drink water to help it move down.

Once the balloon is in your stomach, you will have an X-ray to confirm its placement and ensure it is safe to fill. After filling the balloon with a saline solution, another X-ray will be taken to verify its location and show you its appearance in the stomach. The filling tube is then removed, and you should be able to go home within 20 minutes of arriving at the hospital.

During the procedure, you will be awake but relaxed. While you may feel some discomfort or pressure as the balloon is inflated, it should not be painful. Some nausea or vomiting may occur after the procedure, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to prepare, including any dietary restrictions or medications to avoid, and will work closely with you to ensure your comfort throughout the process.

Recovery and Aftercare

After the procedure, you will be monitored for a short time to ensure there are no complications. You can return home the same day but will need to rest for a few days and avoid any strenuous activity. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to care for the balloon, including dietary guidelines and maintaining good oral hygiene. Regular follow-up appointments with your doctor will be necessary to monitor your progress and ensure the balloon is working as intended.

FAQ's

Is the balloon easy to swallow?

Most people can swallow the balloon without any problems. For those who struggle, a consultant can assist in guiding the balloon into place without the need for endoscopy or anesthesia.

How long does it take to return to normal activities after placement?

Most individuals can resume normal activities within a day or two. However, some may experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. These symptoms are usually well-managed with standard medications prescribed by your consultant.

Will I have any dietary restrictions during or after the programme?

There are no dietary restrictions with the dissolvable gastric balloon. However, to maximize weight loss and ensure comfort, your dietitian will provide personalized dietary recommendations tailored to your needs and goals.

How long is the Swallowable balloon left in place?

The swallowable balloon remains in place for 16 weeks.

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