The Allurion gastric balloon is an gastric balloon which is inflated in your stomach for up to 16 weeks and helps to limit the amount you can eat. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes and requires no surgery, no endoscopy and no anaesthesia.
Spire Washington Hospital is the only hospital in the North-East of England to offer this treatment.
Being overweight has a significant impact on your health - both physically and mentally. It can lead to low self-esteem, limit your involvement in sports or other activities that could help you regain fitness, prevent you from joining in family fun and lead to time off work through illness or extreme tiredness.
The Allurion gastric balloon is a soft balloon placed in your stomach. It is the first gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anaesthesia for placement.
The gastric balloon aims to provide a short-term solution if you are struggling to lose weight even after making a real commitment to lifestyle changes, such as a calorie-controlled diet. It can help you lose weight relatively quickly by making your stomach feel fuller for longer after eating relatively small meals.
It can help boost your self-confidence and achieve some health benefits while losing enough weight to become a candidate for longer term weight loss procedures such as a gastric band.
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You have a formal consultation with a consultant or other healthcare professional. During this time, you can explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have. We also discuss with you if any further diagnostic tests, like scans or blood tests, are needed, and let you know if there are additional costs before we do them.
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Unlike other advanced weight-loss options, the Allurion gastric balloon requires no surgery, no endoscopy and no anaesthesia.
Getting the Allurion gastric balloon takes about 15 minutes. The balloon comes in a capsule with a thin tube. You will swallow the capsule and your doctor will use an X-ray to make sure the balloon is in your stomach. The balloon will be filled through the tube and the tube will be removed, completing the process.
The Allurion gastric balloon removes itself – no need to visit your doctor. After about 16 weeks, the balloon will empty on its own and pass naturally.
You may experience some nausea and discomfort during the first week after you receive the balloon. Your doctor may prescribe medications to make you feel more comfortable. Your physician will provide detailed information regarding the risks and benefits of the Allurion gastric balloon
Your doctor may recommend that you drink only liquids for the first couple of days and that you move to solid foods when comfortable. Use the feelings of fullness provided by the Allurion gastric balloon to practice eating smaller, healthier meals.
If you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch after a procedure.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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