Allurion Gastric Balloon

Non-surgical and impermanent, there's no hospital stay, recovery time, or the usual risks associated with having surgery.

This product is not available for purchase by the general public and needs to be used with a healthy energy-controlled diet and physical activity. 

The Allurion Gastric Balloon (formerly the Elipse Balloon), are offered by only a few specialists here in Australia but are commonly used in Europe and Asia, with over 100,000 being placed to date.

Dr Balalis is an accredited Allurion Clinician and has placed more balloons than any other practitioner in the country. He was the first to offer Allurion Balloons in Australia. Recognised also an Allurion Centre of Excellence.

The balloon works by reducing the space within your stomach, helping you feel full. This enables you to make healthier choices, curb hunger and build new habits over the 16 weeks the balloon remains in place.

In your 20 minute outpatient placement appointment, you will be guided through you swallowing a capsule containing the deflated balloon. An x-ray is used to confirm correct positioning of the capsule before the balloon is filled with water. Once filled, a second x-ray is taken, ensuring the filled balloon is sitting in the right place.

The appointment usually takes around 30 minutes and allows you to go about your day immediately afterwards.

No surgery. No endoscopy. No anaesthesia [1] .

Allurion Gastric Balloons are non-surgical, impermanent and don’t require manual removal. That means that the balloon is placed without endoscopy, sedation or anaesthesia [1].

Allurion Balloons enable an average weight loss of  10-15% of total body weight. Following your balloon placement, you’ll receive our tailored six-month specialised support package, Post-Care-Success as well as an additional six months of online support from our entire team.

Working with our Team, you receive medical support from your surgeon, and his bariatric nurse throughout the Program.

Support from your Dietitian (set appointments). Together with the Allurion Nutrition Program, your dietitian will help you re-evaluate your relationship with food. Keep you strong and guide you to healthy sustainable choices.

Changing Habits Online Program. Leading habit researcher Dr Gina Cleo has created a custom course for patients of Dr Balalis to reveals revolutionary breakthroughs in behavioural science that will help you uncover how your brain works, and how to rewire it to make instant and lasting change in your life.

Support from your Allurion Technology including Allurion Scale and Allurion App. The technology allows us to support you and keeps you accountable.

Recognised as an Allurion Centre of Excellence, we have a holistic approach to weight-loss and a healthier lifestyle.

This product is not available for purchase by the general public and needs to be used with a healthy energy-controlled diet and physical activity. 

[1] Ienca, R,, published in Obesity Surgery in 2020, volume 30, pages 3354 – 3362.

[2] Raftopoulos and Giannakou. SOARD. 2017 Jul;13(7):1174-1182.

The Allurion Program – FAQ

Am I eligible for the Allurion Balloon?

To be considered for the Allurion Balloon:

No prior surgery to your stomach or oesophagus.

Over the age of 18

A BMI between 27 and 40

Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Are prepared to make changes

Dr Balalis will also formally assess you for all contraindications in your initial consultation and discuss risks and benefits of the procedure. Dr Balalis is very passionate about helping patients improve their health. If you do not meet the criteria for the Allurion Gastric Balloon,  but your BMI sits in the obese range, Dr Balalis encourages you to consider other clinically proven options.

What is the Allurion Balloon?

The Allurion Balloon (formerly the Elipse Balloon) is a soft balloon placed in your stomach. It is the first gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anaesthesia for placement or removal.* The balloon is placed during a brief 20-minute outpatient visit. After approximately 16 weeks, it empties and passes naturally.

How does the Allurion Balloon work?

The balloon takes up space in your stomach and induces weight loss by increasing satiety (fullness), delaying gastric emptying and reducing the amount of food eaten at each meal.

How much weight can be lost with Allurion Program?

After approximately 16 weeks of the Allurion Program, clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10-15% of their body weight over the 4 months of the balloon.

What happens on placement day?

The patient swallows a capsule containing the deflated balloon along with a thin tube. Once the balloon is confirmed to be in your stomach via x-ray, the balloon is filled through the catheter with 550 ml of water. A second x-ray takes place to make sure the balloon is filled. The placement takes place during a 20-minute outpatient visit.

Is the balloon easy to swallow?

99.9% of patients are able to swallow the Allurion balloon. Dr Balalis has techniques to assist with this and can discuss this with you during your consultation.

What are the possible side-effects after balloon placement?

Some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the commonly used medications prescribed.

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

Most people return to normal activity within 2-3 days, however some people may experience longer side effects. It can be a good idea to book a few days off work afterwards just in case. Medications are prescribed to assist with the management of this.

How is the balloon removed?

After approximately 16 weeks inside your stomach, a time-activated release valve will open, allowing the balloon to empty and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract without the need for a removal procedure [1].

What are the dietary restrictions?

Following medical approval, there are no absolute dietary restrictions with the Allurion Programme. However, to maximise weight loss and comfort, our dieticians will make recommendations tailored to each patient. The Allurion Balloon must be used in conjunction with a nutrition plan.

What happens after the balloon has passed?

After the Allurion Balloon passes, the Allurion Program and the related support from your healthcare team continue for one month. At the end of the Allurion Programme, you should continue your healthy lifestyle habits.

Is the Allurion Program proven to be better than diet alone?

A recent clinical study has shown that, when coupled with a 16-week intensive lifestyle modification (nutrition and exercise modification), The Allurion Balloon leads to significant weight loss when compared with lifestyle modification alone.

What are the risks of the Allurion Gastric Balloon?

Nausea and vomiting in the first few days after placement.

Intolerance of 2-3%, which may need endoscopic removal [1].

The risk of the balloon itself are rare (less than 1%), and these include hyper inflation or obstruction which would require intervention to remove the balloon (such as an endoscopy). Dr Balalis is a specialist bariatric surgeon and able to perform this in the rare event of it occurring [1].

Over 100,000 + patients have been treated with the Allurion Balloon and serious adverse events have been reported in 0.34% of patients.

Why Dr George Balalis offers the The Allurion Balloon?

Dr George Balalis is FRACS trained and specialises in Bariatric/Weight-Loss surgery and Gastrointestinal Surgery. He believes in long term solutions for weight-loss and is able to discuss and offer a number of options for patients struggling with their weight and health. Dr George Balalis believes that the Allurion Program is a fantastic option for individuals struggling with their weight, that do not qualify for surgery or as an alternative to surgery in some cases.

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