Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Leeds Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £4,455

At Spire Leeds 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?

  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Fast access to treatments, tests and scans
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Leeds

Spire Leeds is a long-established private hospital and provides an extensive range of surgical and medical services for our patients in Leeds, Harrogate and York.

Our consultants offer gallbladder removal when patients experience pain and discomfort from gallstones. You’ll be looked after by our experienced multidisciplinary team throughout your treatment and recovery.

You can get fast access to diagnostic tests and scans and treatment, so you won’t need to wait long to get the healthcare you need.

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

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £4,455.

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 Leeds Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

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 Leeds

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 questions you might have.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Leeds

Getting here

Spire Leeds Hospital is situated just off Leeds' main A6120 ring road, approximately three miles from Leeds city centre. The hospital is accessible via public transport (bus) or we're 15 minutes by car from the city centre and the mainline railway station. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

Your initial appointments will take place in one of our 17 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

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 ward where you can recover and relax for a few hours. Your consultant or nursing team will advise you on 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
  • WiFi
  • Wardrobe

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

Gallbladder removal: your recovery

You’ll likely 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. They’ll also be able to advise you about over-the-counter painkillers you can take after you leave hospital.

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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