Gallbladder removal operation

Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as cholecystectomy, is typically recommended for individuals who are experiencing painful gallstones. Gallstones are small, solid particles that form in the gallbladder when there is an imbalance in the substances that make up bile. While many people may have gallstones without any symptoms or complications, they can occasionally block the flow of bile in the common bile duct and cause severe irritation to the gallbladder or pancreas. This can lead to conditions such as acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) or acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), both of which can result in intense abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. In cases where gallstones are causing significant discomfort and complications, a healthcare provider may recommend removing the gallbladder altogether to alleviate symptoms and prevent further issues.


The Procedure 

Gallbladder removal surgery, or cholecystectomy, is a common procedure performed to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by gallstones. The most commonly used method for this surgery is laparoscopic cholecystectomy, where tiny incisions are made in the abdomen to insert a video camera and surgical Instruments ( keyhole surgery). This minimally invasive technique allows doctors to remove the gallbladder without the need for a large incision, leading to faster recovery times and lower risks of complications such as infection. Your surgeon may suggest you follow a special diet for 2 weeks before your laparoscopic procedure. During the surgery, the anaesthesiologist will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen levels.

Antibiotics are typically administered before and after surgery to help reduce the risk of infection, but it can still occur in some cases. Injury to the bile duct, liver injury, and scarring at the incision site leading to a numb feeling are other possible complications that may arise from a cholecystectomy. Patients must discuss these risks with their healthcare providers before surgery and follow all post-operative instructions to reduce the likelihood of experiencing these complications.

Gallbladder removal

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
£ 5250
  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Pre and post-operative nursing calls
  • Clinic review
  • Unexpected cost cover
  • COVID-19 protections and PPE

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