Elipse gastric balloon, made by Allurion Technologies, is an interesting device that is not yet approved for use in the US but is available in other parts of the world.
What makes Elipse unique is that it is delivered by a tiny catheter without the need for endoscopy or sedation. It stays in place and eventually deflates and passes out in the stool, thus avoiding another endoscopy to remove it.
It remains to be seen how it would perform in American patients as compared to Orbera and ReShape, which have already been approved by the FDA.
Weight loss balloons are coming to the forefront of obesity management in the United States, offering patients new options that they haven’t had before. Lower risk than surgery and not permanently altering anatomy, many patients are more willing to consider this procedure than more invasive surgical options.
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