Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral

Inclusive treatment and care from £4,915

At Spire Murrayfield Wirral 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 a wide range of treatments
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Murrayfield, Wirral

At Spire Murrayfield Wirral, we take pride in providing excellent private hospital care to our patients across Merseyside and beyond.

If you’re experiencing medical complications (such as bile duct blockage) due to gallstones, you can get fast access to our services. From diagnosis and consultations, through to treatments and aftercare, we’re here to help you get back to your daily life. Our expert consultants and multidisciplinary teams will provide you with a treatment and recovery plan that’s tailored to your needs.

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

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £4,915.

This 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.

Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral 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 Murrayfield, Wirral

Keyhole surgery is most often performed for gallbladder removal because it means smaller incisions (cuts) and a shorter recovery period than with open surgery. Keyhole procedures that we offer include:

  • Standard keyhole removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) – small incisions are made and small instruments are used
  • Mini-laparoscopic cholecystectomy (MLC) – even smaller incisions and instruments are used so you should have smaller scars and recover faster than with standard keyhole surgery

These procedures may not be suitable for everyone and sometimes open surgery may be required - for instance 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 open surgery to complete the removal. Your consultant will explain this to you beforehand and answer any questions you may have.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Murrayfield, Wirral

Getting here

We're situated close to the M53, and you can also reach us by taking the train to Birkenhead Hamilton Square station, which is a 15 minute taxi ride away. 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

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

Anaesthetic

You’ll be given anaesthetic for the operation. This is usually a general anaesthetic where you’ll be completely asleep – this is used most often for keyhole surgery. If necessary, you may have a spinal, epidural or local anaesthetic, where you’ll be awake but won’t be able to feel any pain in the area being operated on.

The procedure

Gallbladder removal typically takes between one and two hours for keyhole surgery. It’s often a little longer for open surgery.

Your hospital stay

If you’re having keyhole surgery, you won’t usually need to stay overnight. After your operation, you’ll be taken to a day case pod or private room to recover until your consultant is happy for you to go home. This is usually for about four to five hours.

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:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair

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 keyhole 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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