The Elipse programme is the first weight loss device that does not require surgery.
The Elipse programme is now offered in Belgium, exclusively at Claris Clinic.
Elipse is a weight loss programme combined with a gastric balloon, designed by researchers from Harvard Medical School. It is a 6-month programme under professional supervision by nutritionists, dieticians and doctors, aided by a gastric balloon.
The balloon is placed in the stomach non-surgically and is eliminated naturally after four months. The Elipse programme gives impressive and sustained results.
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a medical device for weight loss, which is halfway between traditional dieting and weight loss surgery. The balloon is placed in the stomach non-surgically, without anaesthesia or endoscopy, and remains in place for four months. At this point, the balloon’s valve dissolves, which causes the balloon to deflate and it is then eliminated naturally.
The general principle behind the balloon is that it fills part of the stomach, and as it is in contact with the stomach wall, it causes a feeling of fullness, which reduces food intake and thus leads to weight loss.
Who is suitable for this technique?
This technique can be offered to you if you are overweight or obese, in other words if your body mass index (BMI) is over 27. You can calculate your BMI using this tool:
People in the following categories and with the conditions listed below cannot be offered this programme:
- The under-18s
- Pregnant women
- Women who have had multiple caesarien sections
- People who have had stomach surgery
- If you have had abdominal surgery in the past, please contact our team
- Swallowing difficulties
- History of intestinal obstruction
- Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- Gastrointestinal bleeding (e.g. ulcers)
- Clotting disorders
- Gastrointestinal cancer
What results should I expect?
Results vary between individuals, and depend partly on starting BMI and on following the programme strictly, with changes to diet and exercise levels. The average weight loss is 50% of the starting excess weight. In rare cases (2%), patients do not experience the feeling of fullness.
What are the possible complications?
There are complications linked to the use of a gastric balloon, but they are extremely rare.
- Serious complications (0.1-0.8% of cases) are gastric perforation and intestinal obstruction
- Moderate complications are gastric ulcer, oesophagitis, intolerance with severe vomiting, and premature deflation of the balloon.
What is involved in the Elipse programme?
The Elipse programme is offered exclusively at Claris Clinic. Anyone applying for the programme must be approved by the co-ordinating physician, following medical examination. Your eating habits will be analysed, in order to suggest changes to the behaviour that has caused you to gain weight, and to help you to make good choices to achieve a balanced and varied diet.
You will be offered diet and exercise coaching.
You will be given scales that are connected to your smartphone, so you can monitor your progress and share this data remotely with your coach.
This monitoring is essential for the acquisition of new habits and in achieving steady weight loss. The Elipse gastric balloon is not a magic solution; instead, it is a tool that helps you to change your habits and start afresh.
You will also receive regular text messages to track your progress and encourage you.
After the balloon is eliminated, a last appointment is scheduled in order to discuss your long-term eating habits.
How is the balloon inserted?
- The procedure lasts 20 minutes and is carried out in a radiology facility
- The balloon is contained in a capsule attached to a tube (catheter). The capsule is swallowed with water, and the tube emerges from the mouth
- X-ray guidance is used to ensure the capsule is properly located in the stomach
- The balloon is then filled with 550 mL of fluid via the catheter. The thread is then removed. A final X-ray is taken to ensure it is in the right place.
- The procedure is now over.
On the following days, a special diet and medication will be offered to you in order to limit unwanted effects (cramp, nausea and sometimes vomiting can occur). Within 2-5 days you will be able to return to normal eating.
In the subsequent months, you will have regular contact with your coach to monitor your progress, answer your questions and establish healthy balanced eating habits so that the results are lasting.
- The price for the full programme (6 months) is €3,600, including VAT.
- The Elipse programme is not reimbursed by Belgian health insurance
- If you have additional insurance, you can ask if reimbursement is available
- The insertion procedure lasts 20 minutes and is carried out in a radiology facility
“In 4 months, I lost 18 kilos and reduced my BMI by 5 points. I won’t say it was effortless, but the programme helped enormously. I think that in addition to the balloon, which was a sort of “crutch”, the most useful help was to be found in the support and useful advice from the nutrition coach. I tried to follow the recommendations and recipes as best I could, and that paid dividends. Since the balloon came out, I have lost another 400 grams, which proves that if you follow the programme it is possible not just to keep the weight off, but to lose more.”
L. B. – Liège
“I would like to thank the Elipse programme and in particular Ms Julie Hansoulle for her excellent advice and support. The slight unpleasantness at the start was quickly forgotten once I experienced the results. I am delighted with how it went!”
V. S. – Brussels