Allurion Gastric Balloon to Swallow
In contrast to conventional gastric balloons for 6 or 12 months, our practice also offers the Allurion balloon, a gastric balloon for swallowing. As a temporary gastric balloon for 6 months, it helps overweight and obese people lose weight. Clinical studies using the Allurion balloon show that patients can lose, on average, approximately 10 to 15% of their previous body weight over the treatment period.
What distinguishes the swallowing balloon?
The Allurion balloon is a non-invasive method for efficient weight loss. The swallowing balloon – as its name suggests – is not inserted using gastroscopy under sedation like a conventional gastric balloon, but is swallowed by the patient as a capsule under supervision. The patients are then immediately able to drive and be active again. At the end of the treatment period, the balloon does not need to be removed using a gastroscopic procedure, but is eliminated naturally. Only in rare cases may an endoscopic procedure to remove the balloon be necessary.
How does weight loss using the Allurion balloon work?
The Allurion balloon combines the benefits of a gastric balloon with non-invasive weight loss methods. After gentle insertion, the balloon remains in the stomach, promoting satiety and reducing food intake. The balloon can therefore be a useful and effective support for long-term behavior change and weight loss. In addition, our patients benefit from support throughout the entire treatment period from the innovative digital Allurion program, as well as from dietary consultations and follow-up appointments in our practice.
How is the balloon inserted?
The gastric balloon is swallowed as a capsule by the patient under supervision. When swallowing, the front end of the insertion catheter remains outside the mouth. After the correct position of the gastric balloon has been checked using an X-ray, the balloon is then filled. The insertion catheter is then gently removed from the gastric balloon.
How long does the Allurion balloon stay in the stomach?
As a rule, the filled Allurion balloon remains in the stomach for around 16 weeks. However, the length of time the balloon stays in may vary from person to person. The balloon opens automatically at the end of the treatment period and the fluid escapes. The empty balloon is then excreted naturally via the gastrointestinal tract without any further intervention. In rare cases, it is also possible that the deflated balloon is excreted from the stomach through vomiting, or that the balloon may need to be removed through an endoscopic procedure.
Is the Allurion gastric balloon suitable for me?
We are happy to advise you personally about whether the Allurion gastric balloon is the right weight loss method for you. Surgeon Dr. Kisser in Vienna will work with you to decide which treatment is suitable for you and, if necessary, carry out procedures personally. Contact us for an appointment.