Why is the Allurion Balloon more effective than dieting alone?
Allurion is designed to help you reduce your food intake by taking up space in your stomach. It helps reduce hunger and cravings, to help break the habit of snacking throughout the day and encourage smaller portions at mealtimes, while you learn healthy habits.
As you will be eating less, the weight will naturally fall off - you will be working with a nutritionist to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to be strong and form healthy eating habits. You can lose an average of 10–15% of your body weight in the first 16-weeks!
During the Programme you will work with your doctor and nutritionist on a food and exercise plan, training you to eat smaller portions, which may help in the lifestyle transformation of a new you.
By the time the balloon passes*, you have developed new food preferences, adjusted to smaller portion sizes, and developed a new understanding of your body. That leads to real, maintainable results - not endless yo-yo-ing, so you eat less and live more.
Your questions answered
How much weight can be lost with Allurion?
After approximately 16 weeks of the Allurion Program, multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10–15% of their total body weight. If you still want to lose more weight, a second Balloon can be placed after completing the first program.
How is the Balloon placed?
The placement takes place during a less than 20-minute outpatient visit. Allurion is the first gastric balloon that requires no endoscopy* or anaesthesia for placement or removal. Simply swallow a capsule containing the deflated Balloon with a catheter: once the Balloon is confirmed to be in your stomach via x-ray, the Balloon is filled with water through a catheter. A second x-ray takes place to ensure the Balloon is filled correctly.
Will I put the weight back on?
Up to 95% of weight-loss may be sustained 12 months after the Balloon exits the body!
Is the Allurion Program better than dieting alone?
Yes! The Allurion Program, a combination of our unique swallowable gastric balloon and a supported lifestyle change program, leads to nearly 2.5 times the weight loss than a lifestyle change program alone, according to an independent study.(superscript 1)
In another study, three-quarters of participants who attempted to lose weight over a year through calorie-controlled or restricted diets (72% of participants), exercise programs or courses (22%), and pharmaceutical treatments (12%), did not achieve a clinically meaningful weight loss defined as at least 5% of their body weight.(superscript 2) The evidence shows that these isolated methods alone are not enough.
The 6-month Allurion Program combines medical support and a weight-loss device (Allurion Gastric Balloon), digital tools (Allurion Connected Scale, Allurion Health Tracker and Allurion App) and nutritional coaching to kick-start your weight loss and help you form lifelong healthy habits to maintain the weight loss.
Results at 16 weeks. Raftopoulos, I et al Holyoke Medical Center. Holyoke, MA An Intensive 52 Week Nutritional, Exercise and Behavior Modification Program: Comparing With or Without the Allurion IGB Presented at ASMBS 2019
Three-quarters of adults with obesity have attempted to lose weight in the past year, but most have been unsuccessful (ampproject.org)
Things to consider
Published data has shown that 99.9% of people succeed in swallowing the Allurion Balloon.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsule on your own, your healthcare professional can assist you by gently stiffening the catheter with a thin wire.⁴
After Balloon placement some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping and occasional vomiting. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with commonly prescribed medications.⁷ ¹²
Following healthcare professional approval, most people return to normal activity within a day or two, however, a small number of people may experience symptoms for a bit longer.
After approximately 16 weeks the Balloon deflates and passes comfortably through the digestive system*.