Private gallbladder surgery Washington

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,880

At Spire Washington 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?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Transparent pricing

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 Washington

At Spire Washington, we provide comprehensive private hospital care for our patients across the North East.

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 Washington 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 £6,680
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,880
Monthly treatment price

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

£190
Representative example
Loan amount £5,930
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,840

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 Washington 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 Washington

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 Washington

Getting here

The hospital is within easy reach of the A1(M), close to Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland. Public transport options are available. 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

Once you arrive at the hospital, you’ll meet the staff who’ll be looking after you.

The procedure

You’ll be given a general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep during the operation. Keyhole gallbladder removal usually takes from one to two hours. Open surgery may take slightly longer.

When your consultant has finished, you’ll be taken to a private room where you can recover and relax for around four to six hours. Your consultant or nursing team will advise you when you can go home.

Staying overnight

If you need to stay overnight, you’ll have your own en-suite room. All of our rooms have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • Wardrobe
  • En-suite

If you have open surgery, you’ll stay in hospital for three to five nights.

Your aftercare and 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 Washington Hospital is situated in a quiet residential area the hospital has extensive grounds which create a relaxing atmosphere for both patients and visitors alike. The hospital is within easy reach of the A1(M), close to Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Washington Hospital,

Picktree Lane
Rickleton 
Washington
NE38 9JZ

Main Switchboard:  0191 415 1272

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0191 418 8687

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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