Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,975

At Spire Tunbridge Wells 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?

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

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at Spire Tunbridge Wells

At Spire Tunbridge Wells, we take pride in providing a high standard of private hospital care for over 20 years.

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 Tunbridge Wells Hospital

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £5,975.

People often choose to have this operation privately, and our prices include consultations and as much aftercare as you clinically need. We offer access to payment plans to make it more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

You can trust Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner2 you can even be considered for interest free finance.
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 Tunbridge Wells

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 Tunbridge Wells

Getting here

We're located in Kent, six miles from the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the nearest station is Tunbridge Wells. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

Your initial appointments will take place in one of our 11 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

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 for a couple of hours, depending on the surgery you had.

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:

  • En-suite shower/bath
  • Satellite television
  • Free WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Nurse call system

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 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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