Allurion Gastric Balloon

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

Allurion Gastric Balloons are offered by only a few specialists here in Australia but are commonly used in Europe and Asia, with over 60,000 being placed to date.

Dr Balalis is currently the only accredited Allurion Clinician in the state, has placed more balloons than any other practitioner in the country and was the very first to offer Allurion Balloons in Australia.

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 outpatient placement appointment, Dr Balalis will guide you through 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.

Allurion Gastric Balloons are non-surgical, impermanent and don’t require manual removal. That means there’s no recovery time and none of the usual risks associated with endoscopy, sedation or anaesthesia.

Allurion Balloons enable most people to lose 10-15% of their total body weight but there are other advantages too. 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.

The Allurion Program – FAQ

What is the Allurion Balloon?

The Allurion 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. (1)

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 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 Allurion 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 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 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.

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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