Swallowable Stomach Tablet Balloon
A swallowable gastric balloon is a non-surgical, non-medicinal device used to treat obesity. When used in conjunction with a controlled diet, it can help achieve the health and aesthetic benefits associated with weight loss.
What is a swallowable stomach medicine balloon?
Traditionally, gastric balloons had to be placed and removed in an endoscopic medical procedure requiring anesthesia. A “pill” gastric balloon is a gastric balloon that passes naturally after a few months of swallowing*. A dissolvable gastric balloon is usually placed during an outpatient visit.
Is a swallowable stomach medicine balloon right for me?
If your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 27, dissolving gastric balloons can help you achieve long-term weight loss and treat other conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Swallow gastric balloon surgery is especially useful for people who are considered too overweight to undergo a major surgery. Using balloons to lose weight before surgery also helps reduce the risks associated with surgery in obese 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?
Studies have shown, with the help of the dissolvable gastric balloon participants lose an average of 20-50% of their excess weight1.
The benefits of a Swallowable Gastric 'Pill' balloon
If the gastric balloon operation is successful, you should be able to achieve long-term weight loss, however this is dependent on your ability to keep to your new lifestyle. Through the swallowable gastric balloon programme you will receive support by:
- Ongoing support from your dietician for the duration of the programme
- At the beginning of the programme, you’ll get a “smart” scale and mobile app which connects you with your dietician, tracking your progress
- SMS messaging from your care team provides real-time advice and support that helps you stay on track
Long-term weight loss should improve any obesity-related health problems too, including:
- Sleep apnoea
However for most people the attraction of having the dissolvable gastric balloon is that it does not involve surgery and it can be done in an outpatient’s appointment, meaning a minimal interruption to daily life.
What does the gastric pill balloon procedure include?
A balloon system consists of a flexible and expandable balloon, an indwelling tube, and an inflation system.
A capsule containing a deflated balloon and a thin tube are swallowed during a 20-minute outpatient visit.
Once the capsule is in her stomach, the doctor will use a tube to fill the balloon with her 550ml of water.
Once the balloon is full, your advisor will carefully remove the tube.
Are balloons easy to swallow?
Most people can easily swallow balloons. Those who have difficulty swallowing can have an advisor help guide the balloon into place without an endoscopy or anesthesia.
How long does it take to return to normal activity after placement?
Most people will be able to return to their normal activities in a day or two, but some experience nausea, abdominal cramps and occasional vomiting after having the balloon placed. In most cases, these symptoms are well controlled with standard medications prescribed by a doctor. Are there any dietary restrictions during or after the program?
With a dissolvable gastric balloon, there are no dietary restrictions. However, to maximize weight loss and optimize comfort, a nutritionist will make recommendations that work best for you, your body, and your goals.
How long does the stomach medicine balloon stay?
The Stomach Pill Balloon is valid for 16 weeks. Removal of swallowable gastric balloon
After approximately 16 weeks in the stomach, the balloon’s time-deflation valve opens, allowing the balloon to deflate and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract without the need for a removal procedure*.
*In rare cases, endoscopic or surgical intervention may be required to remove the gastric “pill” balloon. Talk to your doctor now to find out if the Elipse program is right for you.
What are the possible side effects after placement of a "pill" gastric balloon?
Some people experience nausea, abdominal cramps, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. Most often these are symptoms