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First in Australia

First in Australia

First Australian Elipse intra-gastric balloon placed by Dr Balalis Today is an exciting day! Dr Balalis has successfully placed the first Australian Elipse intra-gastric balloon by Allurion. Dr Balalis was involved in a demonstration of the Elipse balloon in Madrid in 2019 as part of an education session and was

Why Dr Balalis does not offer Lap bands

Why Dr Balalis does not offer Lap bands

  Lap banding – otherwise known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) or gastric banding, was a common form of surgery, but is no longer recommended due to intolerance and high revision rates.   If you currently have a lap band in and are having issues, please come and see

Elipse gastric balloon – Weight loss with no surgery, no endoscopy, no anaesthesia

Elipse gastric balloon - Weight loss with no surgery, no endoscopy, no anaesthesia

The Elipse gastric balloon is an exciting new weight loss tool, that is now offered by Dr Balalis. It is the first swallowable gastric balloon and is placed with no surgery, endoscopy or anaesthesia.   The Elipse provides proven weight loss, for patients from BMI 27-40, and has been used

New Weight Loss Medication

New Weight Loss Medication

  STEP 1 – Is semaglutide (Ozempic) the first step?   There has been a recent trial published of once-weekly injection of semaglutide (Ozempic). Semaglutide is a type of medication approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults and for reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in persons

Improved Life Expectancy with Bariatric Surgery

Improved Life Expectancy with Bariatric Surgery

  A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, solidified what was already suspected – bariatric surgery is associated with longer life expectancy. The patients in the surgery group lived around 3 years longer life expectancy than those in the control group!   This trial reported results from

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

  October is National Liver Awareness Month in the U.S, and it is NAFLD that has been gaining attention locally, as it is a growing problem in our community. With the advent of effective therapies to for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), fatty liver disease is becoming more

Endoscopy Prior To And After Bariatric Surgery

Endoscopy Prior To And After Bariatric Surgery

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) have produced an important position statement on the role of endoscopy prior to, as well as after bariatric surgery. This paper was published in 2019, in Obesity Surgery, and attempts to rationalise the role of endoscopy for these