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Gall bladder removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)

Gallstones are ‘stones’ that form in the gallbladder. They are fairly common but increase with age and in people who eat a diet rich in fat. Severe attacks of abdominal pain can be experienced in some patients.

There are alternatives to surgery  by dissolving the stones into small pieces but these procedures involve unpleasant drugs and side effects. They are also not always successful with the gallstones generally returning after time. 

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour.

The laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) technique is usually used. Your surgeon will make several small cuts on your abdomen. They will place surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation.

Your surgeon will free up the gallbladder duct (cystic duct) and artery. They will then separate the gallbladder from the liver and remove it.

You should be able to go home later on the same day. You should be able to return to work after two to four weeks but this may vary depending on the extent of surgery and your type of work.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

You should make a full recovery and be able to eat a normal diet.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
Liverpool
Merseyside
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551