Allurion offers gastric bypass surgery in a pill

Just swallow a pill and it expands into a balloon in your stomach so you don’t feel hungry. No gastric bypass, no surgery required. Sounds magical, but Boston-based Allurion has created the only non-invasive gastric balloon for obesity.

Gastric balloons are nothing new, but you usually need anesthesia and a doctor to insert them. That makes the whole process expensive and prohibitive to anyone afraid of undergoing the knife just to lose some weight.

Allurion’s Elipse device makes the process more comfortable with one quick gulp.

The little pill is already selling in Europe, where it’s easier to get approval for medical devices than in the States and is launching in Kuwait soon. But Allurion is seeking FDA approval and plans on conducting a clinical trial in the U.S. next…

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