General FAQs for Weight Loss Surgery in Melbourne

Who is eligible for Allurion Balloon?

The Allurion Balloon is suitable for individuals whose BMI is between 27-35 and their age range is from 18-65 yrs.

Who qualifies for the Allurion Balloon?

To have the Allurion Balloon, your BMI should be between 27 – 37. Also you should not have the following conditions which can rule out the balloon:
1.Allergies to silicone
2.Large Hiatal Hernias
3.Multiple abdominal procedures

If your BMI is outside this range or you have established medical conditions like sleep apnoea or diabetes, then you may need to discuss this with your doctor.

How much weight can you lose with the Allurion Balloon?

Multiple clinical studies show that the Allurion Balloon will assist you to achieve a weight loss of between 10 to 15% of your total body weight. This translates to a weight loss of about 10 – 15 kilos if you weigh a 100kgs.

Are Allurion Balloons painful?

Every individual is different in their pain perception. Most people would be fairly comfortable after a few days of balloon placement. There are a variety of medications that can be given to assist with this transitionary phase after balloon placement.

How long does the Allurion Balloon last?

The Allurion Balloon passes out after approximately 16 weeks (4 months).

How do you sleep after the Allurion Balloon placement?

It is recommended that you sleep on your left side for the first few days after the balloon placement. After this period you could experiment on the other side and then sleep in a position that is most comfortable.

Can you exercise with the Allurion Balloon?

After your nausea and upper tummy discomfort has settled in a few days, you can resume gentle exercise. This can be gradually increased to resistance training under the supervision of your personal trainer and medical team.

What are the Allurion Balloon side effects?

The majority of the side effects are experienced early on after the placement. These can vary in severity from individual to individual. They are mostly nausea, upper tummy pain, vomiting and rarely intolerance, which might warrant early removal of the balloon. The need for early removal is a rare occurrence.

Is the Allurion Balloon worth it?

When combined with intensive weight loss strategies, the Allurion Balloon leads to nearly 2.5 times more weight-loss than when undertaking intensive weight-loss strategies alone, across 16 weeks. In fact, 17% of patients undertaking intensive weight loss strategies alongside the Allurion Balloon achieved a weight loss of over 20% of their total body weight! Allurion has more success than dieting alone because patients feel less hungry, feel fuller more quickly after eating, and will not have hunger attacks which can be experienced when typically dieting. This is what makes the Allurion Balloon worth it.