Allurion weight loss balloon pill2022-10-21T11:55:47+01:00
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  • Simon Monkhouse

The Allurion weight
loss balloon pill

If you struggle to lose the weight on diet and exercise alone and have a BMI of 27 or greater the Allurion swallowable pill may be the answer.


The Allurion weight loss balloon pill (formerly called the Elipse balloon) is a revolutionary non-invasive weight loss procedure that involves a patient swallowing a gastric pill into the stomach, where it is then inflated to roughly the size of a grapefruit and remains there for up to 4 months.

At the end of this time, the body passes the now deflated gastric balloon via natural methods. No endoscopy, no anaesthesia.

The Allurion weight loss programme also includes 4 months dietary support to help you make lasting lifestyle changes and a set of connected scales and health tracker, so you can monitor your weight loss day by day

You can expect a weight loss of 10 to 15% and then a sustained weight loss of between 72% and 93% after 12 months.

As one of the world’s leading experts, Simon Monkhouse has seen more than 500 patients benefit from this unique weight loss programme.

And with over 50,000 procedures worldwide, the Allurion weight loss programme is revolutionising weight loss for people everywhere.

Watch our video below where Simon explains how the procedure works.

Available at our clinics at Spire Gatwick Park and Prime Health, Weybridge


Patient testimonial

‘I feel happier, and I have a lot more energy’

Patient testimonial

‘I’d 100% recommend the Allurion programme’



The Allurion Program

What is the Allurion Program?2021-08-17T09:09:56+01:00

The Allurion Program is a 4-month comprehensive weight loss program built around the Allurion Balloon, a breakthrough weight-loss device.

What is included in the Allurion Program?2021-08-12T10:26:55+01:00

The Allurion Program includes the Allurion Balloon for approximately 4 months. It also includes a 6-month medical and nutritional support, including one month before placement, and one month after the Balloon passes. Patients receive a “smart” connected scale and mobile app that allows them to monitor and share their progress with their healthcare team.

What are the advantages of the Allurion Program?2021-08-12T10:28:34+01:00

Simplicity: The Allurion Balloon is swallowed during a brief 20 minute visit. No surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia is required*.

Support: Patients receive medical and nutritional support for the duration of the program. Patients also receive a connected scale that allows them to monitor their progress.

Results: The Allurion Balloon helps you kick-start your weight-loss journey by helping you feel full and by encouraging the development of new habit.

The Allurion Balloon

What is the Allurion Balloon?2021-08-12T10:31:59+01:00

The Allurion Balloon is a soft balloon placed in your stomach. It is the first gastric balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia for placement or removal*. The balloon is placed during a brief 20-minute outpatient visit. After approximately 16 weeks, it empties and passes naturally*.

What happens on placement day?2018-02-15T16:23:08+00:00

The patient swallows a capsule containing the deflated balloon along with a thin tube. Once the balloon is confirmed to be in your stomach via x-ray, the balloon is filled through the catheter with 550 ml of water. The placement takes place during a 20-minute outpatient visit.

Is the balloon easy to swallow?2021-08-12T10:34:29+01:00

Most people are able to swallow the Allurion Balloon without issue. People who do have difficulty swallowing it can be assisted by their physician, who will guide the balloon into place—still without endoscopy or anesthesia.

How long does it take to return to normal activities after placement?2018-02-15T16:24:16+00:00

Following physician approval, 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 the physician.

How is the balloon removed?2021-08-12T10:38:30+01:00

After approximately 16 weeks inside the 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*.

What happens then?
By the time the balloon passes, the patient’s body will be accustomed to feeling healthy and energized with smaller portions.

*In rare cases, the Allurion Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.

What are the dietary restrictions?2021-08-12T10:39:18+01:00

Following physician approval, there are no absolute dietary restrictions with the Allurion Program. However, to maximize weight loss and comfort, the nutritionist will make recommendations tailored to each patient.

Results and side-effects

What are the expected results?2019-07-15T15:24:11+01:00

According to a recent clinical study, on average, after 16 weeks of Elipse therapy, patients lost on average 15kg . Results may vary from one participant to another.

What are the possible side-effects after balloon placement?2018-02-15T16:27:07+00:00

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.

Indications and other information2021-08-12T10:47:31+01:00

The Allurion Balloon is a temporary weight loss aid for adults over the age of 18 who are overweight or obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 27.

The Allurion Balloon must be used in conjunction with a supervised nutrition and behavior modification program.

Some individuals may not be eligible to receive the Allurion Balloon. Your doctor will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical examination to determine your eligibility. It is important to provide your physician with a complete and accurate medical history. In rare cases, the Allurion Balloon may require endoscopic or surgical intervention for removal.

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