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.