Bariatric Procedures

Allurion Balloon

No Endoscopy - No Anaesthesia - Outpatient Balloon


The Allurion Balloon is revolutionising the way that people approach weight loss. By combining the power of gastric balloon technology with the convenience and safety of a swallowable capsule, the Allurion Balloon offers an innovative and effective approach to weight loss.

The Allurion Balloon is a swallowable capsule that contains a balloon that is inflated with a saline solution once it is in the stomach. This balloon takes up space in the stomach, reducing the amount of food that can be eaten and reducing the amount of calories that are consumed. The balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for up to six months before it is naturally passed through the digestive system.


Unlike other gastric balloons, the Allurion Balloon is non-invasive and does not require any surgical procedures. It is easy to swallow and is made from biocompatible materials that are specifically designed to be safe for the body. The capsule is also designed to be easily passed through the digestive system, so there is no need for any follow-up procedures or for the balloon to be removed.


The aim is to reduce the risk of the conditions that obesity is associated with as mentioned above. It also reduces risk of stroke, of liver diseases and a number of other conditions known to be caused by obesity. The intragastric balloon is not a solution for every obese person, so let’s talk about the candidates for this routine.

Allurion Balloon Capsule

Candidates for the Gastric Balloon

To be a candidate, the patient

  • Must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of higher than 26.
  • Has not undergone prior stomach or oesophageal surgery.
  • Is willing to commit to a change in habits and lifestyle involving healthy eating and exercise;
  • Will undergo future medical check-ups.

How long will I be in hospital?

Insertion of the Allurion Balloon does not require any anaesthesia, surgery or endoscopy.  The balloon is swallowed as a capsule, and once position is confirmed by X-ray it is inflated. A second X-ray confirms adequate inflation of the balloon. The entire process takes less than an hour.

Diet After the Weight Loss Balloon

Following the procedure, the patient may only ingest liquids (initially clear) in the first week and up to the start of the second. This may begin around 6 hours after the intragastric balloon has been inserted. Soft foods can be eaten from the middle of the second week, with most patients back to eating regular food after three weeks.

Does Not Require Removal

The Allurion Balloon does not require removal. It is designed to remain in the stomach for up to four months and then pass naturally.

Swallow a Balloon to Lose Weight

How is the Allurion balloon inserted?

The Allurion intragastric balloon procedure is carried out as an outpatient.


The balloon is swallowed by the patient. An X-ray is performed to confirm the position of the balloon in the stomach.


The balloon is then filled with a sterile saline solution, which causes it to expand and take up space in the stomach, creating a feeling of fullness.


The entire routine is completed in around half an hour without any sedation or endoscopy

Video of the Allurion Balloon Placement

Following the intragastric balloon procedure the patient will be required to change their eating and lifestyle habits. If the instructions given by the doctor are not followed, the procedure will not achieve its aim.

Allurion Programme

Allurion Care Program

Kickstart your Weight Loss

The Allurion Programme is all encompassing and goes well beyond the 16-week gastric balloon used to kickstart your weight loss. The 6-month scientifically backed Programme helps you readjust your mindset towards food to sustain your weight loss, for your long-term health.

Tracking Devices Included

To assist in your weight-loss journey, you will be provided with an Allurion Connected Scale, Allurion Health Tracker and Allurion App on the day of your balloon placement. You can use these to check-in with your healthcare team, receive support and guidance, and be accountable for your weight-loss achievements.

Obesity Unit South Africa