Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,645

At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, our consultants offer some of the latest techniques for gallbladder removal. Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in the UK. It relieves pain, nausea and inflammation associated with gallstones, and prevents new ones 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?

  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Cambridge Lea

At Spire Cambridge Lea, we provide comprehensive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed private hospital environment for our patients across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia.

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 Cambridge Lea Hospital

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £5,645.

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.

You can trust Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for gallbladder removal at Spire Cambridge Lea

Keyhole surgery is most often performed for gallbladder removal because it means smaller incisions (cuts) and a shorter recovery period than open surgery. Keyhole procedures that we offer include:

  • Standard keyhole removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) – small incisions are made and small instruments are used
  • Mini-laparoscopic cholecystectomy (MLC) – even smaller incisions and instruments are used so you should have smaller scars and recover faster than with standard keyhole surgery

These procedures may not be suitable for everyone and sometimes open surgery may be required - such as if you've had previous surgery to your abdomen. 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 Cambridge Lea

Coming into hospital

We're 15 minutes from Cambridge train station, which has direct links into London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointments will take place in one of our 22 private consultation rooms. When you meet your consultant, they’ll discuss your symptoms and any previous diagnosis you may have had. If you haven’t already been diagnosed, they may recommend additional tests and scans to help them decide the best treatment for you.

Your consultant will explain:

  • How the procedure works
  • What anaesthetic you’ll need
  • The potential benefits and risks of gallbladder removal
  • Your pre-operative assessment

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.

You’ll stay in hospital overnight for keyhole surgery and for three to five days for open surgery. During your stay, you’ll have your own, en-suite room which will have:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Chair
  • Free WiFi
  • Nurse call system

Your aftercare and recovery

You’ll likely feel some pain after the anaesthetic has worn off. Our nursing team will be able to give you medication to help you manage any pain. They’ll also be able to advise you about over-the-counter painkillers you can take after you leave hospital.

Although everyone’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, 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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