Help your resolve: stay stronger for longer.
Dieting can make you feel hungry, but Allurion gives you control because patients feel less hungry, feel fuller more quickly after eating, and have help avoiding the hunger attacks typically experienced when dieting.
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 Program 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
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 anesthesia 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.(ref 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%) (ref 2,3), with an overall serious adverse event rate that is 10 times lower than other liquid-filled balloons.(ref 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
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.*
*In rare cases, the Allurion Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.
What happens after the balloon has passed?
After the Allurion Balloon passes, the Allurion Programme and the related support from your healthcare team continues for one month. At the end of the Allurion Programme, you should continue your healthy lifestyle habits. One clinical study showed that 95% of the average weight loss with the Allurion Balloon was sustained at 1-year follow-up.
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.
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*.