Gallbladder / gallstone removal (cholecystectomy) at The Montefiore Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,340

At The Montefiore Hospital, our consultants have wide experience in gallbladder removal which relieves pain and inflammation caused by gallstones.

Gallbladder removal is a frequently performed operation to relieve symptoms and prevent gallstones from returning.

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 ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Gallbladder removal: what to expect at The Montefiore

At The Montefiore Hospital, we provide comprehensive private hospital care for our patients across Brighton and Sussex. Located in the heart of Hove, you can expect safe, high-quality care and we’re extremely proud to be rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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 The Montefiore Hospital

A gallbladder removal procedure is available from £6,340.

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 The Montefiore 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 The Montefiore

Keyhole surgery

We usually offer keyhole surgery for gallbladder removal – also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During this procedure, your consultant will make small incisions (cuts) and use small surgical instruments to remove your gallbladder. It often results in a faster recovery time, less time in hospital and more discrete scars than with open surgery.

Open surgery

While keyhole surgery is most often performed, it’s not suitable for everyone. Open surgery involves a larger incision and a longer recovery time and hospital stay. Your consultant will let you know if you may need open surgery - 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 The Montefiore

Getting here

The Montefiore Hospital is approximately a 15 minute walk or a five minute taxi journey from both Hove and Brighton railway stations.

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 in our ward where you can recover and relax for about 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
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair

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

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:

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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