Natick’s Allurion breaks new ground in the weight-loss market
THE METROWEST DAILY NEWS – Gaur and Levy developed the concept when they were second-year students at Harvard Medical School, and noticed a connection between obesity and almost every disease, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. […] According to Gaur, there are 70 million obese people in the U.S., but only 200,000 have weight-loss surgery.
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THE BOSTON GLOBE – “I realized that as a practicing physician or surgeon, the absolute impact I could have was constrained by what I could do with my two hands in 24 hours,” said Dr. Samuel Levy, 35, who planned to become a medical oncologist but instead helped found Allurion Technologies in 2009 to take on the obesity epidemic. […] Levy said he can help “patients halfway around the world while I am sleeping”.
Deflating obesity: Allurion hopes its new balloon can help patients with weight loss
WORCESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL – The Elipse Balloon is already used in 12 countries in Europe and the Middle East, and Allurion expects to have its 10,000th patient by the end of the year after two years on the market. The company is now enrolling 400 patients for a clinical study in the United States, with a plan to receive results next year and win U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval by 2020.
New non-surgical gastric balloon aids in weight loss
SPRINGWISE – A standard intragastric balloon procedure costs around 8000 USD, with about half of that from the cost of endoscopy. Without the need for the costly endoscopy, the Allurion procedure can save patients a considerable amount of money.
New devices to combat obesity, from three Boston-area firms
THE BOSTON GLOBE – Gastric balloons aren’t new, but traditionally they are inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach in an endoscopic procedure after the patient receives anesthesia. Allurion says the Elipse is the first “procedureless” balloon that can be swallowed when the patient is fully awake in a doctor’s office. “A patient can do it on his lunch break”.
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Doctor offers simple solution to curb obesity: swallow a balloon
OZY.COM – Gaur and Levy conceived of a pill that, once swallowed, releases a balloon made of thin polymer film with a tube trailing behind it. As soon as it hits your stomach, about 2.5 cups of water mixed with preservative is pumped through the tube into the balloon. The tube is removed through the mouth, the balloon’s inflated and you’re left feeling full. Total elapsed time: 15 minutes.
New procedure helps fight obesity
GULF NEWS – Ellipse Gastric Balloon helps lose weight through a non-invasive procedure.
Dubai: A new procedure is helping obese patients fight weight problems, with over a hundred overweight individuals taking advantage of the technique in the UAE.
According to experts, the new Ellipse Gastric Balloon not only helps lose weight but also decreases its associated medical conditions
Weight loss with swallowable balloon
MEDIA PLANET, HEALTH AWARENESS – Given the continued growth of the global obesity rate, what solutions are available for the two million overweight and obese people in the UK? Huge breakthroughs in the weight loss industry and new, swallowable balloon treatment means patients can simply walk in and out, with no hospitalisation needed.