Allurion Balloon Capsule

THE ELIPSE CAPSULE

No surgery, No endoscopy, No anesthesia

The Allurion (ex-Elipse Capsule Balloon) is the only gastric balloon that does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia for placement or removal. 

The Capsule Balloon is a small capsule which contains the deflated gastric balloon. It is attached to a very thin catheter that the doctor will use to inflate the Balloon with water once placed in your stomach. X-rays are used to ensure the Balloon is in the right position and filled correctly before the catheter is gently removed. 

 The procedure takes 20 minutes with an outpatient visit. and four months later the Balloon naturally deflates and passes through the digestive system, the balloon will be passes naturally in the toilet 

For the best result with gastric balloon when used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behaviour modification program. 

When can i return to work?

Each person is different from the others and that of course depends on the profession, most patients can return to work after 3 days

Can this procedure be done if i have had previous bariatric surgery?

NO

Is it safe to get pregnant with the Gastric Balloon?

NO, it is not recommended

Contraindications: 

  • Patients with conditions: inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding conditions, a large hiatal hernia

  • Patients who are unwilling or unable to participate in an established medically-supervised diet and behavior program

  • Patients who have alcohol or drug addictions

  • Patients receiving aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants

  • Patients who are known to be pregnant or breastfeeding.

Who qualifies for the Elipse Balloon?

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 27 kg/m2

  • Be willing to participate in a 12months medically supervised program with your dietitian to optimize your weight loss

Contraindications:

  • Patients with conditions: inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding conditions, a large hiatal hernia.

  • Prior bowel obstruction

  • More than 2 cesarean section

  • Perforated appendectomy in the history

  • More than 2 abdominal laparoscopic surgery

  • Patients with significant difficulty in swallowing a big tablet.

  • Patients with known swallowing disorders.

  • Patients who are unwilling or unable to participate in an established medically-supervised diet and behavior program.

  • Patients who have alcohol or drug addictions

  • Patients receiving aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants

  • Patients who are known to be pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • After 3 months we should do an ultrasound if the balloon did not deflate by itself we should do a Gastroscopy under sedation to remove the balloon

  • It’s not FDA approved

Suitable candidate for the Gastric Balloon:

  • It is usually offered to patients seeking weight loss with a BMI from 27 and above, and for those who need to lose from 10kg and above

  • Male or female ≥14 yrs. of age

How quickly will achieve weight loss goal? 

  • Patients typically begin to see weight loss in the first 4 weeks with an earlier feeling of fullness right away.

  • The vast majority of patients reported reduced hunger, earlier fullness or decreased capacity after having the balloon procedure

  • Success of the procedure will rely on patient ability to recognize & respond to their body’s hunger & fullness signals.

  • In addition, it is important and a must to commit to the nutritional plan & exercise program to maintain your weight

Why weight loss with the balloon requires your help?

  • It is important to during the first 4 weeks after your balloon procedure you must stay on liquid and soft foods for 4 weeks

  • Recognize & respond to your body’s hunger & fullness signals

  • You would be able to stop eating even though you have had a small meal

  • You would reach fullness in an early stage of the meal

  • You should pay attention to these physiological signals