Elispe by Allurion Gastric Balloon

The Allurion Programme provides proven weight loss, for patients from BMI 27- 40, and between the age of 18-65 years, and has been used extensively in Europe and Asia with over 50 000 being placed to date.

The gastric balloon is placed during an outpatient visit, where under Dr George Balalis’s guidance, the patient swallows a capsule that contains the deflated balloon/capsule. An X-ray is used to confirm the correct position of the capsule.

Dr George Balalis then uses the tube to fill the balloon with liquid, and a second X-ray is taken to confirm the balloon is filled and placed correctly.  Dr Balalis will then gently remove the tube.

After approximately 16 weeks, the balloon empties and passes naturally. Trials have shown that patients lose on average 10-15% TBWL (Total Body Weight Loss)*. As always, it is important to liaise with health professionals, and to also couple any therapy with important lifestyle changes.

This procedure is not covered by private health insurance.

To find out more about the balloon, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.

*Ienca et al. Presented at TOS 2020
*Ienca et al. Accepted abstract at Obesity Week 2020
* In rare cases, patients may need an admission or the Elipse Allurion balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.  This is not covered by private health.


The Elipse Allurion Programme – FAQ

What is the Elipse by Allurion Balloon?

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

How does the Elipse by 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. (1)

How much weight can be lost with Elipse?

After approximately 16 weeks of the Elipse Programme, clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10 to 15kg 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?

Nearly 100% of people succeed in swallowing the Elipse Balloon. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule on your own, your doctor can assist you by gently stiffening the catheter with a thin stylet wire.

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 two 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.

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.*

What are the dietary restrictions?

Following medical approval, there are no absolute dietary restrictions with the Elipse Allurion Programme. However, to maximise weight loss and comfort, our dieticians will make recommendations tailored to each patient.

What happens after the balloon has passed?

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

Is Elipse 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), Elipse leads to significant weight loss when compared with lifestyle modification alone.

Why Dr George Balalis offers the Elipse by Allurion Balloon?

Dr George Balalis is currently the only qualified Allurion surgeon in Australia. He is FRACS trained and specialises in Bariatric/Weight-Loss surgery and Gastrointestinal Surgery. He believes in long term 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 Programme 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.

The Elipse Balloon must be used in conjunction with a supervised nutrition and behaviour modification programme. Some individuals may not be eligible to receive the Elipse Balloon. Dr George Balalis will take a detailed medical history to asses you for contraindications to the procedure and determine your eligibility. It is important to provide your doctor with a complete and accurate medical history.
In rare cases, the Elipse Allurion Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.

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Dr Balalis is happy to see all patients interested in weight loss surgery.  To find out more about available options, or to book a consultation, please contact us today