The Allurion™ Balloon is placed during a short clinic appointment, taking approximately 20 minutes with the support and guidance of a specialist doctor. Patients are guided to swallow the capsule with a glass of water, without the need for an anaesthetic or surgery. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, the doctor can assist by gently feeding the balloon through the mouth and into the stomach using special device called a stylet.
After you have swallowed the capsule, an X-ray is taken to make sure the balloon is located correctly in your stomach and it will then be inflated with 550mL of fluid to approximately the size of a grapefruit. After filling, another X-ray is taken to make sure the balloon is fully inflated and located properly within the stomach. The clinic team will monitor you for a short period before allowing you to return home the same day.
After approximately 16 weeks in the stomach, a valve on the balloon opens allowing the fluid in the balloon to empty so that the deflated balloon can be passed naturally into the toilet*.
* In some cases, the balloon may be expelled through the mouth. Rarely, endoscopic or surgical intervention may be required to remove the balloon.