Private gallbladder surgery Reading

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,690

At Spire Dunedin Hospital, our consultants have considerable experience and expertise in gallbladder removal, which is one of the most common operations performed in the UK. The operation relieves pain, nausea and inflammation associated with gallstones, and prevents potentially serious complications such as infection, jaundice and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

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?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost

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 Dunedin

Spire Dunedin is a well-established private hospital and we take pride in delivering a high standard of care to our patients in Reading and the surrounding Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas.

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, friendly environment.

Our specialist consultants have considerable experience in operating on complicated cases including acute inflammation, and in patients with bile duct stones and high BMI.

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

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

Gallbladder removal is 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 £5,490
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,690
Monthly treatment price

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

Representative example
Loan amount £4,740
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,208

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 Dunedin 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 Dunedin

Gallbladder surgery is almost always performed laparoscopically (by keyhole surgery) because it means:

  • Smaller incisions (cuts)
  • A shorter recovery period compared with open surgery
  • A lower risk of complications.

This type of procedure can often be done as a day case, without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.

Sometimes, however, open surgery may be required, for instance when 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 operation to complete the removal. However, the overall risk of this is less than 1%. Your consultant will explain this to you beforehand and answer any questions you might have.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Dunedin

Getting here

Spire Dunedin Hospital is conveniently situated close to the heart of Reading, on the A4 Bath Road. We’re a short walk from Reading West station and a 10 minute taxi from Reading mainline station with direct trains to and from London. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

Your initial appointments will take place in one of our 15 private consultation rooms. Your consultant will discuss with you:

  • Your symptoms and medical history
  • The potential benefits and risks of the procedure, both in general terms and specific to your individual case
  • 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

When you arrive at the hospital for your operation, you’ll meet the multidisciplinary team that will be looking after you.


You'll require a general anaesthetic for the operation, where you'll be completely asleep. If your surgeon has any concerns regarding suitability of general anaesthesia, you may require a pre-operative assessment by an anaesthetist.

The procedure

Gallbladder removal typically takes between 45 to 60 minutes but may take longer for open surgery.

Your hospital stay

If you’re having keyhole surgery, you may not need to stay overnight, depending on your circumstances and the timing of the procedure. After your operation, you’ll be taken to a ward to recover until your consultant is happy for you to go home. This is usually once you're comfortable, can mobilise and have eaten some food.

If you have open surgery, you’ll need to stay in hospital for around three to five nights. You’ll stay in one of our private, en-suite rooms, which will have:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Window
  • Television
  • Guest seating

Gallbladder removal: your recovery

After your operation, you may feel some discomfort, but you'll be given medication to manage this, and advice about over-the-counter painkillers you can take once you’re home. You should be able to follow a normal diet, without any dietary restrictions.

Your consultant will give you advice about your recovery, and the ward staff will be able to advise regarding wound care. Everyone recovers differently, but here’s a typical recovery timeline:

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

How to get to us

A 10-minute taxi ride from Reading railway station, we provide medical care to patients in Berkshire and the Thames Valley.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Dunedin Hospital,

Bath Road

Main Switchboard:  0118 958 7676

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0118 9553563

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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