Dr Fraser performs a number of different types of specialised endoscopic procedures. These are performed in state of the art endoscopy units in premier Edinburgh hospitals using the latest equipment and expertly trained nurses.

Elipse weight loss balloon

The Elipse balloon is a swallowable balloon for weight loss with minimal impact on daily routine. It is suitable for overweight and obese adults with a BMI of 27 or more. The Elipse balllon is intended for use in conjunction with a diet and behaviour modification program. It does not require an endoscopy or anaesthesia for placement or removal.

Current treatment lasts for 16 weeks and is performed by swallowing a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill under fluoroscopic guidance. Once filled with purified water, the balloon provides a feeling of fullness helping to reduce food portion size and calorie intake leading to weight loss. 

Before going ahead with the Elipse procedure, a dissolvable placebo capsule is swallowed during the initial clinic consultation with the doctor. The placebo capsule is the same size and shape as the Elipse capsule and provides confidence to swallow the real capsule. Anti-acid medication is taken for 3 days before the Elipse balloon to reduce the build-up of stomach acid. No food is eaten 8 hours prior to swallowing the capsule, but drinking water is permitted up to 4 hours beforehand. 

Some patients experience nausea and upper abdominal discomfort for a few days after receiving the Elipse. To reduce these side effects, appropriate medication is provided. Eating solid foods after 24 hours also helps to eliminate these symptoms. 

Throughout the treatment period, lifestyle changes and a healthy eating plan are followed to limit the intake of high calorie foods as recommended by the dietician to encourage eating behavior modification. After 16 weeks the balloon self-deflates, passes through the stomach and bowel and is excreted

A multidisciplinary team of specialists provide the Elipse service which is now available in Edinburgh. These include Dr Fraser, dietician, endocrinologist and diabetologist, psychologist and personal trainer. 

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