L'obesity it is an increasingly widespread problem throughout the world, with significant consequences on health and quality of life. Reducing body weight in a healthy and sustainable way is often a difficult challenge, but medical technology is advancing and is starting to make non-surgical solutions available to the public to address this problem as well. For example, this gastric balloon Allurion. It is a medical device that promises to help people lose weight without having to undergo invasive surgery.
Allurion is a non-invasive alternative to gastroplasty (sleeve or bypass), a surgery that can also have serious consequences. The installation of this gastric balloon takes just a quarter of an hour, and the whole system is designed for a short-term path, which supports weight loss in a more decisive way than just a diet and exercise regimen, but less demanding than an operation. And it does not imply anti-obesity drugs which, although effective, are currently to be taken for life.
How does the "soft" gastric balloon work without surgery?
Allurion does not require anesthesia or endoscopy, just a swallowable capsule that contains the balloon. As the capsule dissolves, the gastric balloon expands and reduces the stomach's capacity by about two-thirds, making you feel fuller faster and reducing the urge to snack between meals.
Among the advantages of this gastric balloon, an undoubted versatility. Surgeries are confidential to people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 40considered morbidly obese. Allurion is meant for anyone with a BMI over 27 and fails to lose weight despite attempts at dieting or sports. Of course, this device is also not suitable for everyone: for example, it is not recommended for those who have undergone abdominal surgery in the last 12 months. It should be avoided by those with a history of intestinal obstruction, peritonitis, ulcers or other injuries, and of course by those who have already received a gastric balloon surgically.
The effects of Allurion
Second the results shown, this gastric balloon allows you to lose up to 15 kg in four months. At the end of this period, it "deflates" and is naturally evacuated from the body. Not bad at all, but as you can imagine this isn't a magical item: it's a weight loss aid. This means that without exercise, without a balanced diet and without the will to stay in shape, you can regain all the lost kilos in four months. Indeed, even more.
In other words, Allurion encourages working with determination, helping us to shed pounds that we may not be able to reach with our normal "maintenance" activity, but not a magic wand that erases all our sins. Nothing: neither the scalpel nor balloon capsules like this replace good habits.