Private gallbladder surgery Southampton

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,180

At Spire Southampton 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
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable
  • 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 Southampton

At Spire Southampton, we provide comprehensive private hospital care for our patients across the South Coast.

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 Southampton 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 £200
Treatment £5,980
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,180
Monthly treatment price

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

£240
Representative example
Loan amount £5,230
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,760
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy with X-ray imaging) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £6,600
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,800
Monthly treatment price

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

£268
Representative example
Loan amount £5,850
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,432

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 Southampton 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 Southampton

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
  • 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 Southampton

Getting here

We're a 10 minute taxi ride from Southampton Central train station or 15 minutes from Southampton International Airport. 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

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 in our ward. You’ll rest there until your healthcare team are happy for you to leave – this is usually after about three to 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
  • En-suite
  • Bedside cabinet
  • Two armchairs
  • Window
  • Telephone

Gallbladder removal: your recovery

Your nursing team will give you painkillers to help with any pain or discomfort you may feel after surgery. They’ll also give you advice about what painkillers you can take when you leave hospital if needed.

Your consultant will be able to advise you on your expected recovery period. As a guide, 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

A 10 minute taxi ride from Southampton Central train station or 15 minutes from Southampton International Airport, we provide private hospital treatments, procedures, tests and scans to patients from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, the south coast of England and the Channel Islands.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Southampton Hospital,

Chalybeate Close
Southampton
SO16 6UY

Main Switchboard:  023 8077 5544

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  023 8091 4471

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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