Swallowable balloon
Balloon that you can swallow?
30 Jan, 2018

Elipse Balloon

This bio-degradable balloon is an exciting new development in the field of weight loss surgery. It is packaged into a small pill which can be swallowed. A quick Xray check is performed before gently inflating it with saline through fine tubing. Your practitioner then pulls the tubing leaving the balloon to sit inside the stomach.  It self-empties approximately 4 months later and then passes out naturally. The action of gastric juice on a special part of the membrane erodes it within the approximate timeframe.
There is no requirement for surgery, camera endoscopy or anaesthesia and the whole procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. You are able to return to work and normal activity soon after.

 

Written by Mr Ahmed Hamouda

Mr Ahmed Hamouda is The Director of Weight Loss Surgery Kent. He is a highly trained and experienced Consultant Bariatric and General Surgeon.
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