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Gallbladder Removal

Gallstones can be painful, but they can also cause infection. Gallbladder removal surgery is an effective way to relieve the symptoms of gallstones. The laparoscopic technique also involves minimal incisions and downtime.

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Gallbladder Removal


What is laparoscopic gallbladder removal?
Also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, this is a procedure to remove the gallbladder. When gallstones develop, they can cause pain and infection. They can also block the flow of bile from the gallbladder and cause further problems. Laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, involving just a few small incisions and minimal downtime.
What are the benefits of laparoscopic gallbladder removal?
Having your gall bladder removed can provide relief if it is infected and causing you pain. The technique that our surgeons use is laparoscopic gall bladder removal, meaning that only a few small incisions are involved. This is less invasive than open gallbladder surgery, and means that you should enjoy a quicker recovery time.
Are there any risks?
Every surgical procedure poses a potential risk, and it is important that you know what these are before you go ahead. During your consultations, our expert advisors and surgeons will talk you through what these are, and you’ll be able to ask any questions you might have. As a guide, these risks can include bleeding, infection, bile leakage, hernia, numbness, and minimal scarring.
Is it right for me?
If you suffer from gallstones or gallbladder infections that cause you pain, you might consider having your gallbladder removed. During your initial consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your overall health with one of our advisors, who will be able to advise you on the best treatment for you.
Cost and finance
The Hospital Group is a responsible healthcare provider, so we understand that every procedure we carry out should be tailored to individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and talk you through the payment plans available. We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.

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FAQ


Gallbladder Removal FAQs

Can I live without my gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a small organ that is about the size and shape of a pear. Its purpose is to collect bile from the liver. Without the gallbladder, the bile is released straight into your small intestine, meaning that you will still be able to digest the majority of foods. You might need to avoid large amounts of fatty or greasy foods, but you will be able to function normally without your gallbladder.
What happens during the surgery?
Laparoscopic gall bladder removal begins with up to 4 small incisions made on your abdomen. Then a very small tube is inserted into one of these incisions, and carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate your tummy and make it easier for your surgeon to access the gallbladder. Your surgeon inserts a laparoscope (long telescope with a light and camera at the end) through a larger incision. Your stomach is viewed on a monitor, and special surgical instruments are used to remove your gallbladder.
How long does gallbladder removal take?
The surgery takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.
How long should I take off work after gallbladder removal?
Most people are able to return to work around 2 weeks after their gallbladder surgery, but this depends on the nature of your job. If it involves heavy lifting or manual labour, you might need to take some more time off.
When will I be fully recovered?
You should be back to your normal routine within 4 to 6 weeks of your procedure. You might have some pain and discomfort for the first week or so, and you should ensure that you get plenty of rest during this time.
Do I need to eat a special diet after my gallbladder is removed?
After your gallbladder is taken out, you’ll be able to eat a normal, balanced diet. You should try to avoid big meals with a lot of fatty and greasy foods, as these can cause bloating, gas and diarrhoea.

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