Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,525

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, our consultants have wide experience in gallbladder removal which relieves pain and inflammation caused by gallstones.

Gallbladder removal is a frequently performed operation to relieve symptoms and prevent gallstones from returning.

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?

  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • 98% of our patients are likely to recommend us to their family and friends

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Cardiff

At Spire Cardiff, we’re proud to be the largest, modern provider of private hospital care in Wales.

If you need your gallbladder removed to relieve complications due to gallstones, our consultants can provide you with a personalised treatment and recovery plan. You can expect to receive high-quality care in a clean, comfortable environment.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans, consultations and treatments.

How much does Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) cost at Spire Cardiff 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 £150
Treatment £5,375
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,525
Monthly treatment price

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

£148
Representative example
Loan amount £4,625
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,328
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy with X-ray imaging) Fees
Initial consultation £150
Treatment £5,565
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,715
Monthly treatment price

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

£154
Representative example
Loan amount £4,815
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,544

Spire Cardiff 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 Cardiff

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 question you might have.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Cardiff

Getting here

Spire Cardiff Hospital is located a short distance from Junction 30 of the M4 and is well signposted. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Consultations

Your consultations give you a chance to discuss your symptoms and ask questions about the procedure. Your consultant will be able to explain:

  • Which anaesthetic you need
  • How gallbladder removal works
  • Your recovery
  • The potential risks
  • Whether you need any further tests or scans to help plan your treatment
  • What your pre-operative assessment will involve

Gallbladder removal: your procedure

Once you arrive at the hospital, you’ll meet the staff who’ll be looking after you.

The procedure

You’ll be given a general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep during the operation. Keyhole gallbladder removal usually takes from one to two hours. Open surgery may take slightly longer.

When your consultant has finished, you’ll be taken to a private room where you can recover and relax as soon as you're clinically ready to do so. Your consultant or nursing team will advise you when you can go home.

Staying overnight

If you need to stay overnight, you’ll have your own en-suite room. All of our rooms have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • En-suite

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

Gallbladder removal: your recovery

After your operation, you’ll probably feel some pain and discomfort. You’ll be given medication to manage this, and advice about over-the-counter painkillers you can take once you’re home.

Your consultant will give you advice about your recovery. Everyone recovers differently, but 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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