Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Bushey Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,730

At Spire Bushey Hospital, our highly skilled consultants offer gallbladder removal to relieve pain, nausea and discomfort due to gallstones.

Gallbladder removal is a common operation that relieves pain and inflammation and prevents new gallstones from forming.

Sometimes also called

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open cholecystectomy

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same day or one night for keyhole surgery

  • Procedure duration
    1-2 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Usually general

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • 98% of our patients are likely to recommend us to their family and friends
  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Bushey

Spire Bushey is one of north London and Hertfordshire’s leading private hospitals and we take pride in delivering high-quality care.

If you’re experiencing medical complications (such as bile duct blockage) due to gallstones, you can get fast access to our services. From diagnosis and consultations, through to treatments and aftercare, we’re here to help you get back to your daily life. Our expert consultants and multidisciplinary teams will provide you with a treatment and recovery plan that’s tailored to your needs.

How much does Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) cost at Spire Bushey Hospital

It's a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £6,530
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,730
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£185
Representative example
Loan amount £5,780
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,660
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy with X-ray imaging) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £7,059
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,259
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£202
Representative example
Loan amount £6,309
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,272

Spire Bushey Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for gallbladder removal at Spire Bushey

Keyhole surgery

The standard procedure to remove the gallbladder is using keyhole surgery – also called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During keyhole surgery, only small incisions (cuts) are needed and smaller instruments are used. Keyhole surgery is usually the first choice because you typically recover faster and are left with smaller scars than with open surgery.

Open surgery

Open surgery requires one larger incision to access and remove your gallbladder. This may be needed for a number of reasons, including if you have scars from a previous operation. Occasionally, during a keyhole procedure, your consultant may not be able to access or remove your gallbladder and so may need to convert to an open surgery to complete the removal. Your consultant will explain this to you beforehand and answer any questions you might have.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Bushey

Getting here

Spire Bushey Hospital and Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre are situated within easy access to the M1/M25 motorways, underground and overground train stations. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

Your initial consultation will take place at Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre located in Elstree, less than two miles from the main hospital site, which offers the latest facilities and diagnostics. Your consultant will discuss with you:

  • Your symptoms and medical history
  • The anaesthetic you’ll have
  • The potential benefits and risks of the procedure
  • Whether you need any additional tests or scans before they can recommend surgery
  • What your pre-operative assessment will involve

You’ll also be given plenty of information about the procedure and a typical recovery timeline.

Gallbladder removal: your procedure

Before your procedure:

  • You’ll meet the team who’ll be caring for you while you’re with us
  • You’ll be given a general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be completely asleep throughout the operation

The operation should take around one to two hours for keyhole surgery, though it may be longer for open surgery.

After your procedure, you’ll be able to relax and recover in a private room. You’ll rest there until your healthcare team are happy for you to leave – this is usually around six to eight hours.

If you have open surgery, you’ll need to stay in hospital for three to five days.

Gallbladder removal: your recovery

Your nursing team will give you painkillers to help with any pain or discomfort you may feel after surgery. They’ll also give you advice about what painkillers you can take when you leave hospital if needed.

Your consultant will be able to advise you on your expected recovery period. As a guide, here’s a typical recovery timeline:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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0-1 days

Leave hospital after keyhole surgery

3-5 days

Leave hospital after open surgery

10-14 days

Back to work, light activities and driving after keyhole surgery

4-8 weeks

Back to work, light activities and driving after open surgery

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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