Private gallbladder surgery Cardiff

Keyhole surgery to remove your gallbladder because of a blocked bile duct.

Gallstones are a common cause of pain and nausea, but gallbladder removal is a straightforward procedure that can do away with these symptoms. Not only will you feel like yourself again, but you’ll have prevented gallstones reoccurring in the future.

If you require gallbladder removal in Cardiff, Spire’s service is second-to-none. Our highly-skilled consultants have performed this operation many times before.

Sometimes also called

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open cholecystectomy

At a glance

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

  • Procedure duration
    One to two hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Usually general

  • Available to self-pay?

  • Covered by health insurance?

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

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2023

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Every gallbladder removal we undertake involves either keyhole or open surgery. The former is done through small incisions and usually takes one to two hours. You can often leave hospital the next or even the same day after this. Open surgery takes a little longer and requires a few days stay. You’ll have a consultation before your operation to determine which approach is required.

On the day, once you arrive at the hospital the team will take care of everything. You’ll be shown to your private room and placed under anaesthetic when ready. The procedure should then take a few hours at most.

How to book

If you’re looking for private gallbladder removal in South Wales, book your appointment at Spire Cardiff Hospital by completing the enquiry form or calling our team on 029 2073 5515, or 02920 600 346 if you're a self-pay customer.

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.

We can't display a fee for this procedure just now. Please contact us for a quote.

Spire Cardiff Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price for your procedure 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.

Find a consultant for your gallbladder removal procedure at Spire Cardiff Hospital

At Spire, our specialist consultants are very familiar with this procedure. You can find out more about the team at this hospital below, including their accreditations and qualifications.

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

If you need gallstone removal in Cardiff and the wider South Wales region, you’ll find Spire Cardiff Hospital is handily located in the Pentwyn area of the city.

This will be your closest Spire hospital if you live in other towns and cities such as:

  • Barry
  • Caerphilly
  • Newport
  • Pontyclun
  • Pontypridd

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.

How to get to us

We're a 15 minute taxi ride from Cardiff Central railway station.

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Spire Cardiff Hospital,

Croescadarn Road
CF23 8XL

Main Switchboard:  029 2073 5515

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  029 2054 2509

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