Updated: Nov 3, 2022
Dr. Alexander Lukubisa, Is the Chief Medical Director at Rapid Access Medical. He also serves as a General Family Physician at Langdon Medical in Alberta, a position he has held since discharged from the hospital several years back. Dr. Lukubisa is a Fellow of the Canada Homecare Group. He thrives in knowing individuals have access to medical care by providing options such as home visits and online consultations. He also believes everyone has a story and enjoys hearing about these stories from the people he meets.
Since 2006, Dr. Lukubisa has been an active Medical consultant in his community in addition to medical and acting director positions in other provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta. Raised in Africa, he began his post-secondary education at the University of the Free State in South Africa, earning a Bachelor's degree and later moving to Canada.
What is the Allurion Program?
A patient swallows a gastric balloon, which is a non-invasive weight-loss gadget that stays in the stomach and is inflated with water. The procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform and doesn’t include an endoscope or general anesthesia.
You’re not alone if you’re overweight or obese and have attempted to reduce weight in the past without success. Consumer dissatisfaction with prior weight loss interventions is reported by 76% of consumers. However, the Allurion Program and gastric balloon offer a ground-breaking solution to achieve your weight loss goals faster with verified outcomes.
How much weight can be lost with Allurion?
After approximately 16 weeks of the Allurion Program, multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose on average 10–15% of their total body weight. If you still want to lose more weight, a second Balloon can be placed after completing the first program.
How does the Allurion Gastric Balloon work? Previously known as the ‘Elipse Balloon’, the Allurion Balloon is a pill balloon capsule, which is swallowed under the guidance of our Healthcare Professionals without anesthesia or endoscopy*.
The Balloon will be inflated in your stomach and checked using quick x-rays and you’ll be on your way! The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes with an outpatient visit. You will also be supported by the Allurion Connected Scale, Health Tracker, and App.
The Allurion Balloon is safe, non-permanent, recommended by doctors, and can help you kickstart an average loss of 10-15% of your body weight in just 16 weeks⁴ alongside our fully supported 6-month lifestyle Programme.
After ~16 weeks the pill balloon degrades and leaves the body naturally.
The results can last a lifetime. By the time the balloon passes, you’ve developed new food preferences, adjusted to smaller portion sizes, and developed a new understanding of your body which leads to real results, not endless yo-yo-ing.
The Allurion Balloon is a safe, non-permanent solution and can help you to kickstart your weight-loss journey.
Is the Allurion Program more effective than dieting alone?
Yes! The Allurion Program, a combination of our unique swallowable gastric balloon and a supported lifestyle change program, leads to nearly 2.5 times the weight loss than a lifestyle change program alone, according to an independent study.
In another study, three-quarters of participants who attempted to lose weight over a year through calorie-controlled or restricted diets (72% of participants), exercise programs or courses (22%), and pharmaceutical treatments (12%), did not achieve a clinically meaningful weight loss defined as at least 5% of their body weight.² The evidence shows that these isolated methods alone are not enough.
The 6-month Allurion Program combines medical support and a weight-loss device (Allurion Gastric Balloon), digital tools (Allurion Connected Scale, Allurion Health Tracker, and Allurion App), and nutritional coaching to kick-start your weight loss and helps you form lifelong healthy habits to maintain the weight loss.
How is the Balloon placed?
The placement takes place during a less than 20-minute outpatient visit. Allurion is the first gastric balloon that requires no endoscopy* or anesthesia for placement or removal. Simply swallow a capsule containing the deflated Balloon with a catheter: once the Balloon is confirmed to be in your stomach via x-ray, the Balloon is filled with water through a catheter. A second x-ray takes place to ensure the Balloon is filled correctly.
All Gastric Balloon Procedures are performed by our Group of Doctors in a professional and certified clinic near you.
Let's schedule a virtual consultation with one of our doctors or surgeons from the comfort of your home. Rapid Access Medical guarantees the security of your information our virtual consultation is private, secure, and discreet and you will receive a personalized quote made just for you.
Kickstart your weight-loss journey and write your name among the success stories.
With 100,000 Balloons distributed worldwide, Allurion is backed by clinical evidence and helps patients lose 10–15% of their body weight in just 16 weeks.