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What is a gastric balloon?

The gastric balloon is a weight loss solution that consists of placing a flexible balloon filled with liquid (or in some cases air) in the stomach. It reduces its capacity and thus reduces the feeling of hunger and increases satiety, which reduces daily caloric intake.3 It can also slow down the emptying of the stomach, which means that your food stays longer in your stomach, even if you have eaten less. As your body feels more satisfied, it can also help you control the frings sometimes felt between meals.6 This method is a less invasive alternative to weight loss surgery and whose safety and effectiveness have been demonstrated by different clinical studies.2 The balloon usually remains in the stomach for several months, during which it helps you eat smaller portions, consume fewer calories and lose weight significantly.1,2 After this period of residence, the balloon empties and is removed either by endoscopy or, in the case of the Allurion Balloon, by natural means. **

How is the Allurion Balloon placed?

The Allurion Balloon is placed in the stomach during a 15-minute outpatient consultation19 The patient swallows a capsule containing the deflated balloon, which is attached to a thin tube (catheter). Once the capsule is present in the patient's stomach is confirmed (by X-ray), the balloon is filled with water using the catheter. A second X-ray is performed to ensure that the balloon is correctly filled. The positioning is then completed and the catheter is carefully removed. About 4 months later, the Allurion Balloon empties of itself and is naturally eliminated.1

Will I put the weight back on?

Up to 96% of weight-loss may be sustained 12 months after the Balloon exits the body!

What are the differences between the Allurion Balloon and other gastric balloons?

The Allurion Balloon is the world’s first and only gastric balloon without the need for surgery, endoscopy* or anaesthesia for balloon placement and removal. The balloon is swallowed as a capsule during a 15-minute placement which means less downtime or time off work for our patients.
Designed to pass naturally at approximately 16 weeks, the Allurion Balloon maximizes weight loss while minimizing time spent in the body, making it a more effective option than longer 6-month endoscopic balloons, where 80% of weight loss is achieved within the first 3 months.1

The Allurion Balloon is a safer option, with fewer side effects. It has a significantly lower intolerance rate compared to 12-month endoscopic balloons (1-3% vs 14.4%)2,3, with an overall serious adverse event rate that is 10 times lower than other liquid-filled balloons.4-10

Made from vegan polyurethane, a material that’s much thinner and more flexible than the silicone material in endoscopic balloons, the Allurion Balloon flexes and adapts as your stomach moves, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit.


  1. Gaur et al. 2015, GI Endoscopy
  2. Jamal MH et al., [published online ahead of print, 2021 Sep 30]. Obes Surg. 2021;1-6.
  3. Ienca R, Al Jarallah M, Caballero A, et al. The Procedureless Elipse Gastric Balloon Program: Multicenter Experience in 1770 Consecutive Patients. Obes Surg. 2020;30(9):3354-3362