Private gallbladder surgery Portsmouth

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,695

At Spire Portsmouth Hospital, our consultants offer some of the latest techniques for gallbladder removal. The surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the UK. Gallbladder removal relieves pain, nausea and inflammation associated with gallstones.

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?

  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

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 Portsmouth

Spire Portsmouth is an established local private hospital providing comprehensive treatments and care to our patients in Hampshire.

Our consultants offer gallbladder removal when prolonged pain and discomfort from gallstones and bile duct blockage is affecting your daily life. 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 Portsmouth 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 £180
Treatment £5,515
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,695
Monthly treatment price

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

£218
Representative example
Loan amount £4,765
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,232

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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth

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
  • Single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) – only one incision is made near your naval (tummy button) and special instruments are used, resulting in minimal, discrete scarring and usually a short recovery time

These procedures 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 may therefore 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 Portsmouth

Coming into hospital

Spire Portsmouth Hospital is located on the West Sussex/Hampshire border in Havant, just off the B2148 Rowlands Castle to Emsworth Road. We're a 20 minute drive from Chichester or Fareham. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointments will take place in one of our 15 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

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 private room. You’ll rest there until your healthcare team are happy for you to leave – this is usually after a minimum of four 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 with Freeview
  • Garden view
  • Armchair
  • Wardrobe

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:

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 Portsmouth Hospital is situated in wooded grounds in Bartons Road, Havant, just off the B2148 Rowlands Castle to Emsworth Road. 

The main town of Havant is approximately two miles away with a main line station and taxi rank. The historic towns of Portsmouth and Chichester are approximately 10 miles away.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Portsmouth Hospital,

Bartons Road
Havant
PO9 5NP

Main Switchboard:  02392 456 000

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  02392 456 172

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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