Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at Spire Wellesley Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,620

At Spire Wellesley 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 Wellesley

We provide comprehensive private hospital care for our patients across Essex and the South East.

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 Wellesley Hospital

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £5,620.

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.

You can trust Spire Wellesley 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 Wellesley

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 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:

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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