A new Weight loss Device that promises surgical results without the operation has been approved for use in Australia.
The Elipse gastric balloon is a capsule with an attached tube that is swallowed by a patient who wants to lose unwanted pounds.
Check out the video above to learn more about the Elipse
Once in the stomach, it is filled with salt water and expands to the size of a grapefruit before the tube is removed.
This creates a feeling of satiety, thereby reducing food intake and can lead to a loss of up to 10-15 percent of body weight in about four months.
The ellipse is filled with water after it has been inserted into the stomach. Credit: Elipse
After 16 weeks, the balloon opens automatically and is naturally passed on when using the toilet.
Unlike a gastric band, the Elipse pill doesn’t require any risky surgery.
And at $ 5,000 to $ 6,000, it’s a fraction of the price.
The Elipse can help you lose weight without going under the knife. Photo credit: Jim Pozarik/Getty Images
Weight loss surgeon Dr. George Balalis, who last week used an Elipse on Australia’s first patient, said the device was “great for people who either don’t qualify for surgery or don’t want surgery”.
To be eligible for the device, you must have a BMI of 27-40, while for gastric banding you must have a BMI of at least 35 with a comorbidity.
“This device gives you a tool to change your lifestyle and improve your habits, and this four month period gives you the opportunity to do so,” said Dr. Balalis on sunrise.
“After four months the device will open and you will pass it naturally – most patients will not even realize this has happened.”
People interested in the Elipse are urged to speak to their GP.