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The Elipse Intragastric Balloon – 2022

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The Elipse Intragastric Balloon

Elipse is an intragastric balloon which, when ingested as a capsule and then inflated in the stomach, reduces hunger and pushes the patient to eat less.

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Stacey’s placement of the Elipse™ Gastric Balloon


The Elipse Intragastric Balloon

Elipse is an intragastric balloon which, when ingested as a capsule and then inflated in the stomach, reduces hunger and pushes the patient to eat less.

The Elipse Balloon can be defined as a real structured program that promotes weight loss and consists of an altogether simple procedure: in fact, no surgical operation is required. So let’s see how it works and what it is.

Elipse Intragastric Balloon: What it is and how it works

The Elipse balloon is contained – deflated – inside a small capsule to which, in turn, a very small catheter is connected.

The procedure for taking it is very fast and requires neither anesthesia, nor surgery, nor endoscopy. The patient will simply have to swallow that capsule with water, so that it reaches the stomach directly.

Once ingested, a simple X-ray will confirm that the capsule is in the right position.

At this point, the doctor will fill the balloon with liquid through the catheter (to be exact, up to 550 ml, to be clear the size of a grapefruit). We will then proceed with a second X-ray to ensure that the filling is complete.

If all goes well, the surgeon will complete the maneuver by removing the tube. The procedure takes a total of 15 to 20 minutes.

The balloon will take up a large part of the space in the stomach and the patient will experience a feeling of early fullness which will allow him to eat smaller portions and consequently lose weight.

How to start the program?

To begin the program with the Elipse Intragastric Balloon, a preliminary multidisciplinary evaluation will be required. Some specific tests will be prescribed, such as blood tests and an X-ray of the upper gastrointestinal tract. If necessary, others will also be asked for further information.

How do I remove the Elipse Intragastric Balloon?

The Elipse Intragastric Balloon does not need external intervention to be removed. In fact, after 16 weeks, the valve for the timed release of the balloon will open autonomously and allow the balloon to empty.

The deflated balloon will be spontaneously expelled through the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, simply by going to the bathroom. This procedure is so delicate that most people do not even notice the expulsion. This procedure is extremely effective because it helps start a path towards a healthy lifestyle by training yourself to eat smaller portions and regain lost well-being.

Clearly, it will be very important that the patient undertakes especially after the treatment following the new diet that will be prescribed. In the next paragraph we will learn more about how the follow-up of the Elipse Balloon works.

How does the Elipse Intragastric Balloon follow-up work?

After the balloon has been implanted, the patient will remain under observation for about 2-3 hours and if he does not experience any serious side effects, he will be able to go home with a specific therapy to which he will have to follow.

To facilitate this process, he will also be given an “intelligent” bio-impedance meter scale that can be connected to a smartphone through an app. Thus, the patient will always be in contact with the doctor and it will be easier for him to monitor his progress. Furthermore, as already mentioned, he will be given a personalized diet regime, he will be provided with a physical activity plan and will be invited to report periodically to the dietician.

Generally speaking, this new non-surgical treatment really guarantees excellent results. In fact, over the course of 16 weeks, the patient can lose between 20 and 50% of their excess weight. On average, it is about 10-15 kg. Furthermore, for those who need it, the procedure is also repeatable, but only 2-3 months after the first treatment.

Are there possible complications?

As with any medical-surgical treatment there are possible complications. Some such as nausea, vomiting and cramps are a little more frequent. Others, such as balloon intolerance, bowel obstruction, or failure to empty the balloon after 16 weeks are extremely rare.

However, the doctor will take care to provide associated medical therapy with which side effects can be controlled.

Elipse Intragastric Balloon: Who Can Undergo Treatment?

As simple as this treatment is, there is actually a rather long list of patients who cannot undergo, such as:

  • Anyone who has previously undergone pelvic or abdominal surgery;
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women;
  • Patients with psychiatric or bipolar disorders;
  • Anyone under the age of 18;
  • People with a history of tumors, bleeding, inflammatory diseases or other disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract;
  • Who has abnormalities in the mechanism of swallowing.


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