Weight loss pill with gastric balloon inside being used by NHS for first time

The treatment, which may be administered in 15 minutes, is licensed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is intended to make individuals feel fuller, causing them to eat less.

The medicine, produced by Allurion, was authorized in 2020, but the first two NHS patients are already receiving treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset.

Professor Richard Welbourn, consultant bariatric surgeon at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, stated,

"People with severe obesity are predisposed to disorders like Type 2 diabetes, which can be corrected with weight loss.

"The Allurion balloon is a 15-minute outpatient operation that is swallowed, eliminating the need for an endoscopy,

hospital bed, theatre time, or anaesthesia, which benefits the NHS and provides a significantly better experience for our patients.

"We expect that patients using the programme will lose 10% to 15% of their weight in four months, which improves quality of life and makes patients healthier."

The patient swallows a balloon hidden inside a capsule, which is then filled with water.The patient consumes the capsule, which is connected to a thin tube.

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