Private gallbladder surgery Cambridgeshire

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,645

At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, our consultants offer some of the latest techniques for gallbladder removal. One of the most common operations in the UK, gallbladder removal relieves pain, nausea, and inflammation associated with gallstones.

Gallbladder removal can also prevent new gallstones from forming. Our private gallbladder removal surgery helps patients in Cambridgeshire, parts of East Anglia and Suffolk.

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?

  • Covered by health insurance?

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

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Cambridge Lea

At Spire Cambridge Lea, we provide comprehensive gallbladder removal in our relaxed private hospital environment. We serve patients across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia.

With fast access to our services, you won’t have long to wait for your consultation or your operation. Your consultant will create a treatment and aftercare plan tailored for you.

How to book

At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital we offer private gallbladder removal surgery in the Cambridgeshire area.

To book an appointment, complete the enquiry form or call 01223 266900.

How much does Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) cost at Spire Cambridge Lea 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 from £225
Treatment £5,420
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,645
Monthly treatment price

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

Representative example
Loan amount £4,670
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,136

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Cambridge Lea 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 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

Getting here

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is in Cambridgeshire, just 15 minutes away from Cambridge train station. You can travel directly from London’s King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Free on-site parking is also available for the convenience of you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your consultations will take place in one of our 22 private rooms. You’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history, and your consultant might recommend tests to help them decide the best treatment for you.

Your consultant will be able to explain your gallbladder removal surgery in more detail.

Gallbladder removal: your procedure

Anaesthetic options

You’ll be given anaesthetic for the operation. This is usually a general anaesthetic where you’ll be completely asleep – this is used most often for keyhole surgery. If necessary, you may have a spinal epidural or local anaesthetic, where you’ll be awake but won’t be able to feel any pain in the area being operated on.

During the operation

Gallbladder removal usually takes around two hours. Open surgery can take a little longer. Find out more about gallbladder removal here.

Your aftercare and recovery

If you’ve had keyhole surgery, you can go home on the same day. Your consultant will advise you on your personal recovery.

If you have open surgery, you’ll stay in the hospital for up to five days. Your room will include:

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

It’s normal to feel pain when your anaesthetic has worn off. You’ll be given medication while you’re in hospital and advice about what to take when you leave.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline for gallbladder removal surgery:

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

  • 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

Areas served

At Spire Cambridge Lea, we provide private gallbladder removal surgery in Cambridgeshire, parts of East Anglia and Suffolk.

With fast access to tests and treatment, you won’t need to wait long to get the gallbladder removal surgery you need.

Simply choose your consultant from our experienced team and arrange your first appointment.

How to get to us

We're a 40-minute drive from London Stansted Airport and 15 minutes from Cambridge train station, which has direct links into London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital,

30 New Road
CB24 9EL

Main Switchboard:  01223 266900

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01223 266929

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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