Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Elland Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,465

At Spire Elland 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?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, simple pricing and flexible payment options
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Elland

Spire Elland is a long-established private hospital providing care to our patients across Halifax and the surrounding Yorkshire 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 environment.

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

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

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £5,465.

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 Elland Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner2 you can even be considered for interest free finance.
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 Elland

Keyhole surgery is most often performed for gallbladder removal because it means smaller incisions (cuts) and a shorter recovery period than with open surgery. We offer standard keyhole removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) – small incisions are made and small instruments are used.

Keyhole surgery 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 Elland

Getting here

Spire Elland Hospital is situated just two minutes’ drive from the M62 motorway. Public transport options are available. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

Your initial appointments will take place in one of our 13 private consultation rooms. Your consultant will discuss with you:

  • Your symptoms and medical history
  • The anaesthetic you’ll have
  • The potential benefits and risks of the procedure
  • 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

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.

After your procedure, you’ll be able to relax and recover in a ward. You’ll rest there until your healthcare team are happy for you to leave – this is usually for about four to six hours.

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

  • TV/radio
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • Wardrobe

Gallbladder removal: your procedure

You’re likely to 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. Painkillers will be provided for you to manage any pain you have.

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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