More Data on Balloon-in-a-Pill Show Almost 15% Weight Loss
MEDSCAPE – Results from another small trial with a novel intragastric balloon that can be swallowed without the patient requiring endoscopy or anesthesia show that the 42 participants lost an average of 15.6 kg (34 lb), or over 14% of their body weight, over the 16-week duration of the trial.
The patients involved in the study had an average BMI of 38.6 kg/m2 at the start of the study and in this case were put on a ketogenic, very low-calorie diet (700 kcal/day) diet for the last 4 weeks of the trial.
Number To Know…10
MEDTECH INSIGHT – 10 minutes is the time it takes to prep the non-surgical, ingestible Elipse gastric balloon for obesity treatment. Elipse is developed by Allurion Technologies, which just bagged $19m in new funding.
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Expanding in Stomachs and in Europe, Allurion Adds $6M for Anti-Obesity Device
XCONOMY BOSTON – Plenty of companies sell pills for weight loss or obesity treatment. None of them are quite like Allurion Technologies.
Allurion offers gastric bypass surgery in a pill
TECHCRUNCH – Just swallow a pill and it expands into a balloon in your stomach so you don’t feel hungry. No gastric bypass, no surgery required. Sounds magical, but Boston-based Allurion has created the only non-invasive gastric balloon for obesity.
The latest diet plan… swallow a balloon: Novel device is filled with water in your stomach and reduces your desire to eat
THE DAILY MAIL – Monica Nava, 42, from Surrey, is one of the first Britons to have the device fitted. She has already shed more than a stone. She said: “It took me a few tries to swallow the capsule with a glass of water. After it’s been filled you feel strangely heavy and full. But within a week, I’d stopped noticing it.”
Allurion Technologies’ Elipse™ Gastric Balloon Receives European Marketing Approval
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How swallowing a balloon will help you beat the bulge: Hi-tech inflatable that pops after four months given approval for use in the UK in the battle against obesity
THE DAILY MAIL – The new type of gastric balloon, which has just been approved for use in the UK, is designed to help those who find it impossible to lose weight through normal diets. But unlike existing products, no surgery is required to insert or remove it. Instead, the patient swallows a tiny capsule containing the deflated Elipse balloon, which is made from a delicate polymer film.