Private gallbladder surgery Southend-on-Sea

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,745

At Spire Wellesley Hospital, our specialist consultants can help put an end to pain caused by gallstones. This is achieved through a routine operation that could take as little as an hour or two, meaning you could be back to your best in no time.

Using the latest techniques and technologies, Spire provides gallbladder removal in Southend-on-Sea and in reach of many other parts of Essex and East London.

Sometimes also called

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open cholecystectomy

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same day or one night for keyhole surgery

  • Procedure duration
    One to two 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

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 Wellesley

To begin with, you’ll be invited to attend a consultation where one of the team can assess your health. From this, they’ll decide how best to go about your procedure, and you’ll have a chance to ask the consultant any questions.

On the day, you’ll arrive at the hospital and the team will take care of everything. You’ll be shown to your private room and any family taken to the comfortable waiting area. When everything’s ready, you’ll be given general anaesthetic and your consultant will perform the procedure, which takes no more than a few hours.

How to book

We’re delighted to provide private gallbladder removal for those in Leigh-on-Sea and other nearby towns. To arrange your procedure at Spire Wellesley Hospital complete our online enquiry form, contact the team on 01702 462944, or dial 01702 892 528 if you’re looking for self-pay treatment.

How much does Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) cost at Spire Wellesley 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 from £160
Treatment £5,585
Aftercare Included
Guide price £5,745
Monthly treatment price

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

£216
Representative example
Loan amount £4,710
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,184

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 Wellesley 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.

Find a consultant for your gallbladder removal procedure at Spire Wellesley Hospital

All the Spire consultants shown below have excellent experience with this operation. To learn more about them and their accreditations, feel free to browse their profiles below.

Preparing for gallbladder removal at Spire Wellesley

Coming into hospital

Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from Southend town centre, just off the A127. We're a short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointments will take place in one of our 16 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

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 between 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 a few 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
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Armchair
  • Safe

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

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

Areas served

This hospital is perfectly placed for gallstone removal in Benfleet and other towns around Southend. It’s just to the northern fringes of the town along Eastern Avenue, making it your closest facility if you live in:

  • Canvey Island
  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Rayleigh
  • Rochford
  • Thundersley

How to get to us

Southend is only 20 miles from the M25 and Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A127. We are a short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Wellesley Hospital,

Eastern Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 4XH

Spire GP  01702 811 553

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