Private gallbladder surgery Nottingham

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,496

At Spire Nottingham Hospital, our highly skilled consultants offer gallbladder removal to relieve pain, nausea and discomfort due to gallstones.

Gallbladder removal is a common operation that relieves pain and inflammation and prevents new gallstones 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?

  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Fast access to treatments, tests and scans

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 Nottingham

At Spire Nottingham, we provide comprehensive private hospital care and the latest generation imaging and diagnostic technology. We put our patients at the heart of everything we do.

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 cost at Spire Nottingham 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.

Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment £5,306
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,496
Monthly treatment price

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

£209
Representative example
Loan amount £4,556
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,016
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy with X-ray imaging) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment £5,960
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,150
Monthly treatment price

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

£239
Representative example
Loan amount £5,210
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,736

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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham

Keyhole surgery

We usually offer keyhole surgery for gallbladder removal – also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During this procedure, your consultant will make small incisions (cuts) and use small surgical instruments to remove your gallbladder. It often results in a faster recovery time, less time in hospital and more discrete scars than open surgery.

Open surgery

While keyhole surgery is most often performed, it’s not suitable for everyone. Open surgery involves a larger incision and a longer recovery time and hospital stay. Your consultant will let you know if you may need open surgery - 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 Nottingham

Coming into hospital

Spire Nottingham Hospital is situated five miles south from Nottingham city centre off the A52. Nottingham station is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the hospital. We have 300 free on-site parking spaces for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointments will take place in one of our 20 private consultation rooms. When you meet your consultant, they’ll discuss your symptoms and any previous diagnosis you may have had. If you haven’t already been diagnosed, they may recommend additional tests and scans to help them decide the best treatment for you.

Your consultant will explain:

  • How the procedure works
  • What anaesthetic you’ll need
  • The potential benefits and risks of gallbladder removal
  • Your pre-operative assessment

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 private room to recover until your consultant is happy for you to go home. This is usually after a few 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:

  • Freeview TV
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Walk-in shower
  • Armchair
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Robe and slippers
  • Nurse call system

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:

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

Spire Nottingham Hospital is situated 5 miles south from Nottingham City Centre off the A52. It is easily accessible from the A46 to Lincoln, Newark and Leicester.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Nottingham Hospital,

Tollerton Lane
Tollerton
Nottingham
NG12 4GA

Main Switchboard:  0115 937 7800

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0115 937 7735

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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