The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ near your liver in the upper right part of your tummy. It collects and stores bile. This is a digestive fluid produced in your liver that helps to break down fatty foods.
If there is an imbalance in the substances that make up bile, you may develop small stones in your gallbladder. These are called gallstones and often do not cause any symptoms. Sometimes, however, they can block the flow of bile and irritate your gallbladder or pancreas. This can cause symptoms such as:
- sudden, severe pain in the tummy,
- feeling or being sick
- yellowing of the skin and the white part of the eyes.
You can lead a normal life without a gallbladder and bile still reaches your digestive system. If you have painful gallstones or other problems with your gallbladder, your doctor often recommends surgery to remove it. The operation to remove your gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy. To reduce your recovery time, it is mainly carried out with keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery.
At The Holly Private Hospital, we have a team of consultants who are experts in gallbladder removal surgery. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery to remove your gallbladder with prices starting from £4,950 (terms and conditions apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling
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