A new approach to weight loss

Kick start your weight loss journey with the Elipse balloon.

Sometimes, dieting isn’t enough.

The Elipse Balloon is a revolutionary gastric balloon that creates a feeling of fullness by taking up space in your stomach.

What is the Elipse Balloon?

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A soft balloon that is placed in your stomach. It is the first swallowable gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy*, or anaesthesia.

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Elipse is designed to help you reduce your food intake by taking up space in your stomach and kick-start your new, healthier lifestyle choices.

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Lose an average of 10 to 15kgs (1.57 to 2.36 stone) in 16 weeks thanks to the balloon and a fully supported lifestyle programme.

How does the Elipse Balloon work?

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The balloon takes up space in your stomach and creates a feeling of fullness. This takes away hunger and means you eat less food at mealtimes.

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  • Feel satisfied faster
  • Creates a feeling of fullness and may reduce cravings
  • Food stays in your stomach longer which may reduce snacking

How is the Elipse Balloon placed?

The Elipse Balloon experience takes place during a brief 20 minute walk-in placement.

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The balloon is placed during a 20 minute consultation with your consultant. You swallow a capsule that contains the deflated balloon. The capsule is attached to a thin tube. There is no need for surgery, endoscopy*, or anaesthesia. A simple X-ray is used to make sure the capsule is in the right position.

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Once the capsule is in your stomach, your doctor will use the tube to fill the balloon with liquid. You will have a second X-ray to confirm the balloon is filled and that the placement is complete. Your doctor will then gently remove the tube and you’ll be on your way. With the balloon in your stomach, you'll be able to eat less food without feeling hungry.

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After approximately 16 weeks inside your stomach, a time-activated release valve will open, allowing the balloon to empty and pass naturally through your digestive system when you use the toilet.

Living with Elipse

You may experience some nausea or discomfort during the first week after you receive the balloon. Your Consultant may prescribe medications to make you feel more comfortable and recommend that you drink only liquids for the first couple of days and that you move to solid foods when you feel comfortable.

It is more than "just a balloon" The Elipse Programme is a six month lifestyle programme designed just for you.

During the programme you will work with your Consultant and Dietitian on a food and exercise plan, training yourself to eat smaller portions which may help in the lifestyle transformation of a new you. This will increase the chances of keeping the weight off.**

Modern, 21st century life requires a 21st century approach to losing weight. You can use your Elipse smart scale and app to record your progress and to share your success with your healthcare team. Watch as the kilos come off – and be motivated to keep them off.

*In rare cases, the Elipse Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal. In rare cases, the empty balloon may be vomited instead of passing through the GI tract.

**The Elipse Balloon must be used in conjunction with a supervised nutrition and behaviour modification programme. Its duration is defined by the physician and may vary depending on the physician and patient profile.

***Results may vary from one patient to another. A small percentage of patients don’t respond to the treatment.

Research:

  1. Jamal et al. Obes Surg. 2019 Apr;29(4):1236-1241.
  2. Raftopoulos and Giannakou. SOARD. 2017 Jul;13(7):1174-1182.
  3. Al Sabah, S., et al. SOARD. 2018, 14(3), 311-317.
  4. Machytka E et al. Endoscopy. 2017 Feb;49(2):154-160.
  5. Genco et al. Obes Surg 2017,DOI 10.1007/s11695-017-2877-1
  6. Al-Subaie S et al. Int J Surg. 2017 Dec;48:16-22.
  7. Ienca et al. Submitted to SOARD. Abstract A278, presented at Obesity Week, 2018, Nashville, USA
  8. Genco et al. Abstract A185. Oral Presentation at Obesity Week, 2018, Nashville, USA
  9. Ienca et al. Abstract 237, presented at IFSO 2019, Madrid, Spain
  10. Raftopoulos et al. Abstract 1978. Presented at ACS 2019, San Francisco, United States
  11. Clinical Trial Reports: DAA069 and DAA105

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