Dr Evan Willingham is pleased to partner with Allurion to offer their unique gastric balloon program
* We Are Toowoomba's ONLY Allurion Program Provider *
What is the Allurion Program?
The Allurion Program is a 6-month, fully supported healthy lifestyle programme, centred around a gastric balloon and digital weight-loss support tools. The Allurion Balloon fills you up so that you feel less hungry, making it easier to eat less, eat better, and form healthy habits that last.
The Program combines:
How does it work?
The Allurion Program gives you the chance to take a ‘honeymoon from hunger’ and make healthier food choices, while at the same time avoiding the cravings that often come with dieting.
Here’s a general overview of how the Allurion gastric balloon works:
Swallowing the balloon: The deflated balloon is contained within a capsule attached to a thin catheter. The individual swallows the capsule with water, and it travels down to the stomach. You will have an X-ray to make sure the capsule is in the stomach prior to filling.
Inflating the balloon: Once the capsule reaches the stomach, the balloon is filled with a specified amount of fluid. You will have a second X-ray to confirm the balloon is correctly positioned and fully filled in the stomach. The catheter is then gently pulled out, leaving the inflated balloon in the stomach, and you may go home.
Balloon placement: The balloon sits in the stomach, occupying space and giving a sensation of fullness. It is designed to remain in the stomach for around 16 weeks.
Portion control: With the balloon in place, individuals experience reduced hunger and an increased feeling of satiety. This can help them control their food intake and make healthier choices.
Lifestyle modifications: The Allurion gastric balloon is typically used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes dietary changes, exercise, and behavior modification. This integrated approach is essential for achieving long-term weight loss and sustainable results.
Balloon removal: After approximately 16 weeks, the balloon automatically deflates and passes out of the body naturally through the digestive system. No endoscopic procedure or surgical intervention is required for removal.
Support throughout your journey ...
With the Allurion Program, you are not alone. You receive ongoing support from the Toowoomba Bariatric Surgery team – Dr Willingham, our practice nurse and the dietician. We will work with you to keep you motivated to change your nutrition and exercise habits as part of a healthy and holistic approach to losing weight.
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