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What is the Elipse Balloon?
The Elipse 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.|asterisk-293| The balloon is placed during a brief 20-minute outpatient visit.|footnote-89| After approximately 16 weeks, the balloon empties and passes naturally.More questions answered
How does the Elipse Balloon work?
The balloon takes up space in your stomach and induces weight loss by increasing the feeling of fullness. This means that you are more likely to reduce the amount of food you eat throughout the day.|footnote-294|More questions answered
How much weight can be lost with Elipse?
After approximately 16 weeks of the Elipse Programme|asterisk-307|, multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10 to 15kgs (1.57 to 2.36 stone) over the 16 weeks the balloon is in place.|asterisk-88| |footnote-294| |footnote-303| |footnote-302| |footnote-296| |footnote-297| |footnote-295| |footnote-298| |footnote-299| |footnote-300| |footnote-301| |footnote-308|More questions answered
What happens on placement day?
You swallow a capsule containing the deflated balloon, attached to 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. A second X-ray takes place to make sure the balloon is filled. The placement takes place during a 20-minute outpatient visit.|footnote-89|More questions answered
Is it easy to swallow?99.9%
Published data have shown that 99.9% of people succeed in swallowing the Elipse Balloon. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule on your own, your healthcare professional can assist you by gently stiffening the catheter with a thin wire.|footnote-302|More questions answered
What are the possible side-effects after balloon placement?
Some people experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and occasional vomiting after balloon placement. In most cases, these symptoms are well-controlled with the commonly used medications prescribed.|footnote-295| |footnote-308|More questions answered
Can I return to normal activities after placement?
Following healthcare professional approval, most people return to normal activity within a day or two, however some people may experience side effects for longer. It may be a good idea to book a few days off work after your balloon placement, just in case, or have the balloon placed on a Friday so you have the weekend off.More questions answered
How is the balloon removed?
After approximately 16 weeks inside your stomach, a release valve will open, allowing the balloon to empty and pass naturally through your gastrointestinal tract without the need for a removal procedure.|asterisk-293| However, in a very small number of patients, the empty balloon may be vomited. No associated adverse events have been reported if this occurs.More questions answered
Are there any dietary restrictions?
Your nutritionist and healthcare team will tailor some recommendations for you to increase your success and well-being during the Elipse programmeMore questions answered
What happens after the balloon has passed?More questions answered
After the Elipse Balloon passes, the Elipse Programme and the related support from your healthcare team continues for one month.|asterisk-307| At the end of the Elipse Programme, you should continue your healthy lifestyle habits. One clinical study with 95 patients showed that 72% of average weight loss with Elipse can be sustained at 12-month follow up.|footnote-294|
Is Elipse better than diet alone?
A recent clinical study has shown that when coupled with a 16-week intensive lifestyle modification (nutrition and exercise programme), Elipse leads to significant weight loss when compared with lifestyle modification alone. The percentage of patients achieving 10% of Total Body Weight Loss at 16 weeks was 72% with Elipse vs 8% with diet and exercise alone.|footnote-303| |asterisk-307|More questions answered
Will it be obvious to others that I have the Elipse balloon in my stomach?
The Elipse Programme is a discrete experience. Unless you tell people, no one will know you have had the balloon placed. There is no need to tell family, friends or colleagues about Elipse, unless of course you want to!More questions answered
How much does the Elipse program cost?
Elipse is more than ‘just a balloon’. It’s a fully supported programme to help you change your approach to losing weight – and to keeping it off. The Elipse Programme is tailored for you. That means the price may vary depending on the lifestyle modification support your healthcare team recommends. Contact your nearest clinic to receive a price and a programme structured for you.More questions answered
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In case of a medical emergency or other medical questions, please contact your Elipse clinic or local healthcare provider.