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Private Gallbladder Removal

When the ultrasound scan confirms the presence of gallstones, what should you do next?

If you suffer from pain due to gallstones then you know only too well how excruciating this type of pain can be. Some women sufferers have reported that the pain level can sometimes be on par with that of labour pains, and each session can last for several hours at a time.

Key hole surgery has revolutionised gallbladder removal

Gallstones are a very common cause of abdominal pain and discomfort. Both women and men get gallstones. They occur not only in overweight middle-aged women but also occur in young fit people including slim men and slim women and even some children. Professor Lloyd has performed thousands of gallbladder operations and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to perform keyhole surgery to remove gallstones in 1990. He is considered one of the most experienced gallbladder surgeons in the UK. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy – the operation to remove the gallbladder – usually takes less than one hour to perform and most patients go home the same day. Full recovery after surgery to remove your gallbladder is between 10 – 14 days.


Do we need the gall bladder?

No. You can live a normal and healthy life without it.


Do I need to change my diet?

No. Continue eating a healthy normal diet.


What does the gallbladder do?

The gall bladder is a little bag which stores and concentrates a small amount of bile. When fat leaves the stomach the gallbladder contracts releasing some of this bile which helps break down the fat. You do not need the gall bladder because it is the liver which makes nearly one litre of bile every day. So, even without your gallbladder, you have plenty of bile to break down any fat in your diet.


Symptoms of Gallstones

Gallbladder pain is very common and usually presents with severe pain under the right ribcage. The intensity of the pain varies from a dull ache to severe colicky pain (biliary colic) which can last hours. It can be related to eating fatty food. Additional symptoms include nausea and bloating and even indigestion. Sometimes the pain can radiate to the back or shoulder blade and even into the chest. Increasing numbers of young patients in their 20s and 30s are getting gallstones so it is important to discuss the possibility with your GP. A simple ultrasound scan is usually enough to diagnose gallstones.

Book a consultation today and be pain-free within weeks

Professor David Lloyd is a world-renowned, leading UK surgeon and has performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies amongst more than 10,000 laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopic surgery is better known as “keyhole surgery”, during which very small incisions are made into the abdomen.

With such small incisions, scarring is kept to an absolute minimum and will generally fade with time. Complications are uncommon and the whole procedure can be undertaken in less than an hour, which means you would be able to go home the very same day and be fully recovered in around 7-10 days. To get started, simply book a consultation today.

Why you should consider laparoscopic gallbladder removal…


The operation will permanently cure the pain you experience from gallstones by removing the stones and the gallbladder (cholecystectomy).


Removes the risk of any further complications such as gallstones entering the bile duct, which can cause Jaundice and Acute Pancreatitis.


Very quick and extremely safe, routine procedure using keyhole surgery, minimising the risk of scarring and considerably reducing postoperative pain.


Dissolvable stitches allow you to return to normal activities within a few days after surgery, minimising disruption to your routine lifestyle.

Why you should consider a private surgical procedure over NHS


No long waiting period from consultation to surgery.


Highly skilled, specialist anaesthetist on hand throughout the procedure to ensure full recovery post-op.


World renowned and highly experienced specialist surgeon, Professor David Lloyd has undertaken more than 10,000 successful laparoscopic procedures.


Comfortable, private recovery room with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV plus a nurse to assist you. Excellent support, post-op and great aftercare service.

What to do now…

Simply call +44 (0)116 265 3044 and book your consultation, request a Zoom consultation, Email at or just complete the enquiry form.

During your consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you want, so don’t be afraid to ask any question relating to your groin pain. It may be easier to make a note of any changes you’ve noticed in preparation for the consultation.

Professor David M Lloyd

Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon specialising in Hepatobiliary Surgery, Gall Stone Surgery, Hernia Surgery and Surgery for Groin Pain.

Contact Details
Spire Leicester Hospital
Gartree Road, Leicester

Nuffield Health Hospital
Scraptoft Lane, Leicester

Tel: +44 (0) 116 265 3044

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