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An emerging weight-loss option in the US

About Gastric Balloons

In the United States, Gastric balloons are a weight-loss option for obese individuals with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 kg/m2.

How Gastric Balloons Work

Weight loss balloons have become widely-accepted tools that provide more substantial and sustained weight loss than diet and exercise alone1,2.

Balloons are typically placed in the stomach endoscopically, remain in the stomach for several months, and are then removed endoscopically.

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Why the Elipse® Balloon?

The Elipse Balloon is the world’s first weight loss balloon that is placed and removed without requiring surgery, endoscopy or anesthesia*.

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Weight Loss Results

In non-randomized studies, the weight loss achieved in obese individuals during 6 months of balloon therapy with diet and exercise counseling averaged 39.2 lb with few severe complications3. In a recent randomized study in obese individuals with metabolic syndrome, the weight loss achieved after 6 months of balloon therapy combined with diet and exercise counseling was 31.7 lb compared to 11.2 lb with diet and exercise counseling alone4

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Main limitations

While they are effective, traditional balloons have several limitations:

  • They are expensive, driven largely by the cost of endoscopy.
  • They require anesthesia.
  • In addition to a placement procedure, endoscopy is required for balloon removal.
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The Elipse Balloon, a breakthrough weight-loss technology

The Elipse Balloon is the world’s first and only procedureless intragastric balloon for weight loss. The balloon is swallowed in a capsule and filled with liquid in a 20-minute office visit. While in the stomach, the balloon is designed to help people feel full and encourage portion control. After four months, the balloon spontaneously opens, empties, and passes out of the body. The Elipse Balloon does not require surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia for either placement or removal.
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The Elipse Balloon is not yet available for sale in the US