Need private gallbladder removal?
On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 1380 private genral surgeons and 215 private hospitals offering the gallbladder removal procedure and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £4,455 and £7,065. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.
- Should I go private?
- Find a doctor
- Find a hospital/clinic
- What does it cost?
- Am I covered by insurance?
- Do I need a GP referral?
What is gallbladder removal?
Gallbladder removal is a common surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. Gallbladder removal is also known as a cholecystectomy. The gallbladder is a pouch-like organ that stores bile and is used in the digestion of fatty foods. The main reason for removing the gallbladder is to treat gallstones. There are two types of gallbladder removal surgery: laparoscopic cholecystectomy uses keyhole surgery techniques to remove the gallbladder through small incisions in the abdomen and has quicker recovery times. Open cholecystectomy surgery makes a single, larger incision in the abdomen and involves a longer hospital stay and six to eight weeks of recovery time. Both surgeries are performed under a general anaesthetic and patients usually go home the same day. Recovery time from laparoscopic cholecystectomy is around two weeks. There are no restrictions on diet following a gallbladder removal procedure.
Should I go private?
Choosing to go private for gallbladder removal surgery offers the following benefits:
- Gain access to fast treatment
- Jump the NHS waiting list for gallbladder removal
- A choice of when you want to be treated
- A choice of where to be treated
- A choice of the consultant or private specialist
- Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS such as laser gallbladder removal
Private General Surgeons in the UK
The following gallbladder specialists perform private gallbladder removal procedures in the UK.
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How do I choose a private gallbladder removal specialist?
We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:
- Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
- When and where did you receive your surgery training?
- What is your position and role within the NHS?
- How many gallbladder removal procedures do you undertake each year?
- Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
- How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
- Will I need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or open cholecystectomy?
How much does a gallbladder removal cost?
If you're paying for yourself, a gallbladder removal typically costs. £6,350. (between £4,455 and £7,065) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.
What is included in the price?
In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:
- All medical and nursing care during your procedure
- Hospital fees
- Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
- Surgeon or consultant fees
The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.
Is my private gallbladder removal covered by insurance?
If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for a gallbladder removal – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many private ENT surgeons are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.
The practicalities of going private
Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.
Didn't find what you're looking for?
If you haven't found a general surgeon or hospital near you, you might consider widening your search to further afield. Alternatively, you can take the hassle out of searching by using our fast track enquiry service - get personalised advice from three of the leading private hospitals/clinics near you for free and get on the fast track to treatment.
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Authors and sources
- Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
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