There’s a new type of weight loss pill. And it contains a gastric balloon.

While gastric surgery to reduce the size of the stomach is still classified as the most effective treatment for weight loss, anaesthesia is often seen as a high risk for patients who are very overweight. Meaning? Those who want to undergo the surgery are required to undertake a long period of lifestyle modification to become a good candidate for surgical treatment.

Gastric surgery is also costly and can fall around the $20,000 mark in Australia. At a reported $5,000 to $6,000, the swallowable balloon is a fraction of the price.

“This device provides you with a tool to change your lifestyle and to improve your habits and that four month period gives you that opportunity to do so,” Dr Balalis told Sunrise. “After four months the device opens up and you pass it naturally — most patients don’t realise that’s happened.”

As with any medical treatment, Allurion is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and an appointment with a specialist is required to confirm if it’s the right solution for you. 

However, for the right candidate, medical professionals say this new treatment may be seen as a more accessible step to improve an individual’s overall health and quality of life for years to come.

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