*In rare cases, the Elipse Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.
The Elipse™ Balloon is a 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.
Watch video on the Elipse balloon.
What is the swallowable Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon?
The Swallowable Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon is a gastric balloon that is swallowed in the outpatient clinic. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes and requires no surgery, no endoscopy and no anaesthesia.
Is a swallowable Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon right for me?
If your Body Mass Index (BMI) score is over 27, the dissolvable gastric balloon may help you to achieve long-term weight loss, and the management of other medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
The swallowable gastric balloon procedure may be particularly useful for people considered too overweight to undergo vital surgery. The use of the balloon to successfully reduce weight prior to surgery can also help to reduce the risks associated with surgical procedures on overweight patients. Your consultant will confirm your BMI score and carry out a detailed assessment, before deciding if a gastric balloon is suitable for you.
How much weight can I lose with the swallowable Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon?
After approximately 16 weeks of Elipse therapy, patients lose an average of 10 to 15kg (1.57 to 2.36 stone) and 10 to 15% of body weight1 to 10
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What does the Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon procedure involve?
Gastric balloon installation;
The balloon system consists of a soft, expandable balloon, a placement tube and a filling system.
During a 20-minute outpatient visit, you will swallow a capsule that contains the deflated balloon along with a thin tube.
Once the capsule has entered your stomach, your consultant will use the tube to fill the balloon with 550 ml of water with water.
Once the balloon is filled, your consultant will gently remove the tube—and you’ll be on your way.
Is the balloon easy to swallow?
Most people are able to swallow the balloon without issue. People who do have difficulty swallowing it can be assisted by their consultant, who will guide the balloon into place, without endoscopy or anaesthesia.
How long does it take to return to normal activities after placement?
Most people are able to return to normal activity within a day or two, but some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasionally vomiting after balloon placement. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the standard medications prescribed by your consultant.
Will I have any dietary restrictions during or after the programme?
To maximise weight loss and optimise comfort, your dietitian will make recommendations that are best tailored to you, your body, and your goals.
How long Is the Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon left in place?
The Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon is in place for 16 weeks and then excreted naturally.
Swallowable gastric balloon removal
After approximately 16 weeks inside your stomach, a time-activated release valve on the balloon will open, allowing it to empty and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract without the need for a removal procedure*.
* In rare cases, the Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal. Talk to your doctor today to find out if the Elipse Programme is right for you.
What are the possible side-effects after Gastric ‘Pill’ balloon placement?
Some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the standard medications prescribed by the physician.