The Allurion gastric balloon pill
The Allurion swallowable gastric balloon can help you gain an average weight loss of 10 – 15% in 16 weeks while being supported on the 6 month Allurion programme. The Allurion is a swallowable balloon pill that does not require endoscopy or sedation for insertion or removal.
How is the Allurion balloon inserted? To insert the balloon, you are required to swallow a balloon capsule tablet under the guidance of Mr Toumi at Spire Washington Hospital. We then inflate the balloon and take x-rays to check the positioning of the balloon. The whole procedure is quick and takes around 20 minutes.
How does the Allurion help me lose weight?
With the balloon in place it helps you improve your portion control as the balloon gives you the feeling of fullness even after eating a small meal. As the Allurion only stays inside the stomach for around 4 months we find that patients only require to adhere to dietary and lifestyle changes for 2 months to make them into established habits. Therefore, 4 months can be a reasonable length of time to establish these habits while the Allurion is in place.
How is the Allurion balloon removed?
The Allurion is designed in a way that is deflates after around 4 months of the insertion of the balloon. The balloon then passes naturally through your digestive system and does not require an endoscopic procedure for removal.
What support will be provided?
To support you along the way the Allurion balloon comes with intensive dietetic input from my dietitian Dawn Shotton. It also comes with a fitness tracker, an app and electronic scales. All of this will support you in your weight loss journey and hopefully result in more weight loss.
Benefits of the Allurion balloon
Dot's experience on the Allurion programme
Dot’s Allurion experience
” My name is Dot, I am 55 and I live in Penshaw in the North East of England. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my forth child. In the past I walked for miles, took part in boot camps and have participated in yoyo dieting for decades. In recent years, both my knees have developed unbearable pain caused by arthritis. I have been unable to have knee surgery due to my size… but all that has changed since starting the Allurion programme.”
Dot lost 3 Stone 3lbs with her Allurion Balloon over 15 weeks.
While the balloon was in situ Dot used her time to increase her fitness by swimming and worked on her portion control, modifying her diet and lifestyle through the support of Mr Toumi and his dietitian Dawn Shotton. Now the balloon has passed Dot is enjoying the results including many health benefits especially feeling like she has much more energy. Dot is now able to have her knee surgery in the next few weeks.
The Allurion swallowable balloon has already generated a lot of interest in many patients who are affected by being overweight or obese and who have tried many other methods of weight loss without success. The Allurion is perfect for those who want to kickstart their weight loss journey with an extra tool, but don’t want to go as far as Bariatric Surgery and do not want to have an endoscopy (for whatever reason). The Allurion weight loss programme has already helped over 50,000 people worldwide achieve their weight loss goals.
To find out more read our detailed blog on your Gastric Balloon options.
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