Imagine the numerous diet and exercise routines you’ve tried and the money you’ve spent on your weight loss journey. Often, the actual expense of unsuccessful methods goes unnoticed. Although we can’t guarantee that every procedure is worth your investment, Enfield Royal Clinic acknowledges the immeasurable value of achieving your weight loss goals.
Acknowledging the efforts, financial commitments, and frustrations you’ve experienced along your path to weight loss is essential. Ultimately, attaining your desired weight is an invaluable accomplishment.
What is an Allurion Balloon?
The Allurion gastric balloon is an innovative, non-invasive weight loss solution that the patient ingests and it remains in the stomach. Upon placement, it is filled with water to achieve expansion. This procedure eliminates the need for endoscopy or anesthesia and can be accomplished within about 20 minutes.
How Does it Work?
The Swallowable Gastric Balloon, such as the Allurion Balloon, utilizes a unique design to achieve its intended purpose. The balloon is constructed with a special filament that is only exposed to the internal contents of the gastric balloon. Additionally, a food preservative is included in the balloon to gradually break down this filament over time.
Once the gastric balloon has been in place for approximately 16 weeks, the filament degrades completely, leading to the opening of the balloon. As a result, the balloon’s contents are gently released into the stomach. The remaining polyurethane membrane is designed to pass naturally through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Interestingly, the majority of patients do not experience any noticeable effects during this process.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of the procedure depends on various factors like the ones discussed below:
Factors that Affect the Cost:
Reputation and Class of the Clinic:
The cost of alluring gastric balloon surgery is influenced by the type of healthcare facility or hospital, as well as the healthcare providers involved, including surgeons, staff, general practitioners, and other specialists. Additionally, the fees associated with various services may be influenced by the specific doctor or healthcare professional’s experience and years of practice.
Experience of the Doctor:
Before deciding on a specific doctor for allurion balloon surgery, it is recommended to undergo multiple consultations with different doctors. This allows you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the associated costs. It is also important to assess their experience levels and professional qualifications, particularly when considering allurion balloon surgery in Abu Dhabi.
Furthermore, selecting surgeons who have experience with similar patients is crucial as they can provide an accurate estimation of the balloon cost and the expected outcome.
Pre and Post-Care:
This varies depending on the post-procedure tests required. Additional tests, such as endoscopy or blood tests, might be necessary to evaluate the stomach’s health after the insertion of the weight loss balloon.
The specific expenses associated with these tests can differ, potentially increasing the overall procedure cost by several hundred dollars per patient. The exact amount will depend on the type and number of tests required.
The equipment utilized for gastric balloon procedures differs from that used in other surgical procedures, such as laparoscopic or open surgery, due to the absence of. As a result, there is no bleeding during or after the procedure.
Certain instruments, such as endoscopy and ultrasound equipment, are used during the procedure to monitor its progress, and they contribute to the overall cost.
Types of Balloon:
The Allurion Gastric Balloon is available in different types, including the
- Elipse Balloon
- Orbera Balloon.
The cost of the procedure may vary depending on the type of balloon chosen for insertion.
Location of the Clinic:
The site of the clinic plays an important role in deciding the price. The clinics present in Abu Dhabi will cost you differently from the clinics which are located in America or the UK.
The benefits of the treatment may include:
- Decreased incidence of Type 2 Diabetes
- Alleviation of gouty arthritis symptoms and reduction in triglyceride levels
- Lowered cholesterol levels
- Reduction in hypertension symptoms
The Allurion gastric balloon is inserted into the esophagus using an endoscope. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Prior to insertion, a diagnostic endoscopy is performed to eliminate any medical issues that may interfere with the balloon’s placement, such as ulcers.
Once medical conditions have been ruled out, a deflated silicone balloon is placed into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with a blue liquid through a filling tube (catheter) attached to it. Under sedation, an inflatable balloon is released from its position in the stomach, and the procedure is completed. Patients are awakened after the procedure to ensure their comfort.
Lifestyle You Need to Follow:
After the alluring gastric balloon placement, it is common for patients to experience nausea and discomfort for around one week as the stomach adjusts to the presence of a foreign object. To alleviate the symptoms, we provide medication to help with nausea.
Eating habits will also be altered following the procedure. We recommend patients follow a liquid diet for the first 1-2 days. As the size of the balloon reduces the stomach capacity, patients will feel full sooner and can consume smaller portions.