NHS starts testing weight loss pill with gastric balloon inside for the first time

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Jan 23, 2024 at 12:39 PM

Reading time: 2 minutes

The NHS has initiated a limited launch of a weight-loss balloon that can be swallowed like a pill. This innovative 15-minute treatment, deemed “holistic,” is set to offer a viable solution to combat obesity, with dozens of Brits already scheduled for the procedure in the coming months.

Unlike traditional gastric surgery, this revolutionary treatment employs a temporary measure—a balloon filled with water. Approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), this unique approach is designed to induce a feeling of fullness, theoretically curbing the patient’s appetite. The treatment is expected to help patients shed up to an average of 15 per cent of their weight in just four months.

Allurion, the company behind this pioneering pill, has been in talks with NHS trusts after receiving the NICE seal of approval in 2020. The treatment requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anaesthesia. Patients simply swallow a capsule attached to a thin tube, leading to a straightforward and efficient process.

The Allurion balloon is a 15-minute outpatient procedure and is swallowed, so there’s no need for an endoscopy, hospital bed, theatre time or anaesthetic, which is both better for the NHS and a more comfortable experience for patients.

An X-ray is performed to ensure correct placement in the stomach, and 550ml of water is injected into the balloon via the tube. A second X-ray confirms the balloon is full and appropriately positioned, after which the tube is removed. Following about four months, a time-activated release valve opens, allowing the water-filled balloon to empty and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract.

Trials have shown the treatment to be especially effective for patients with a higher body mass index (BMI). Those with a starting BMI of 35-40 lose an average of 15 per cent of their body weight after four months, while those with a BMI over 40 can achieve an average weight loss of up to 20 per cent after six months. Remarkably, patients have maintained 95 per cent of their weight loss for a year after treatment.

Gastric balloon pill: Are there any side effects?

Despite its effectiveness, the weight-loss balloon is not without side effects. Users commonly experience temporary nausea and vomiting, while heartburn affects around one in ten people due to slower stomach emptying.


Why is nausea a common side effect after the Orbera balloon is placed? Schedule a free telehealth consultation with me to learn more about this procedure and if it’s the right fit for you. Call (917) 806-3341 and ask to speak with Millie! At Innova Weight Loss Solutions, we offer a personalized approach to help you achieve your weight loss goals. We specialize in non invasive endoscopic procedures including the ESG, revisions of prior bariatric surgeries, and the Orbera balloon. Website: https://bit.ly/drlorenzo Phone: (917) 806-3341 Email: [email protected] #orbera #orberaballoon #gastricballoon #orberaintragastricballoon #orberaweightlosssystem #weightloss #weightlosshelp #nausea

♬ Instrumental - Vibe - pedrin cria

Professor Richard Welbourn, consultant bariatric surgeon at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, expressed enthusiasm about offering this novel treatment. He highlighted the holistic approach, stating that the Allurion balloon is a 15-minute outpatient procedure that involves no endoscopy, hospital bed, theatre time, or anaesthesia. Currently, two patients underwent the procedure in Somerset.

According to The Independent, the NHS patients who received the balloons last November at Musgrove Park Hospital reported positive experiences, paving the way for further treatments. As the NHS expands its partnership with Allurion, the innovative weight-loss pill opens new possibilities for addressing the obesity epidemic in the UK.

Keep On Reading

By Monica Athnasious

4 reasons why the CICO diet is toxic both for your body and mind

By Malavika Pradeep

Bizzare ‘diet cult’ that lives without food and water caught its leader eating McDonald’s

By Yair Oded

Your new climate change diet: what you should eat to avoid the apocalypse

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Watch this shocking lost footage of the UK’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson

By Alma Fabiani

Woman sues Lyft alleging driver repeatedly raped her and impregnated her

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Joe Jonas under scrutiny for asking Gigi Hadid out when she was 13 and he was 19

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Millie Bobby Brown credits feminist awakening to psychic in controversial interview

By Jack Ramage

What is a gymcel? And why is the term problematic?

By Emma O'Regan-Reidy

From gen Z farming to pro-hybrid work, here are 3 ways the younger generation will impact 2024

By Abby Amoakuh

Controversial video chat site Omegle shuts down after mounting child abuse allegations

By Alma Fabiani

King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace confirms

By Alma Fabiani

Congratulations Wonka, you’ve officially snapped me out of my Timothée Chalamet obsession

By Charlie Sawyer

Elon Musk shares intimate picture of Amber Heard after his brother called her toxic and a nightmare

By Charlie Sawyer

How to take your landlord to court: Find out what you can sue them for and the potential risks

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

From Love & Hip Hop to the latest Offset drama, let’s unpack the queen that is Cardi B

By Abby Amoakuh

Gen Z girlies are rushing to freeze their eggs: Everything you need to know about the new trend

By Charlie Sawyer

5 celebrity breakups that emotionally wrecked us in 2023

By Charlie Sawyer

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has waged yet another war, this time against shorts and hoodies

By Charlie Sawyer

Megan Fox accused of xenophobia after comparing bad photo of herself to Ukrainian blowup doll

By Abby Amoakuh

Pictures of Harry Styles sporting a buzz cut reignite bald theories online. RIP to the long locks