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Derby Hospital

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Outpatient bookings 01332 540 105
Physiotherapy 0333 305 7905
Switchboard 01332 540100
Radiology 01332 540 116

Why choose Nuffield Health Derby Hospital for your gallbladder removal surgery?

Are you suffering from painful gallstones? If so, our leading general surgeons at Nuffield Health Derby Hospital are here to help. Our expert general surgeons obtain a wealth of experience performing gallbladder removal surgery and can recommend you the most effective treatment for the severity of your condition.

Nuffield Health Derby Hospital is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Derby town centre on Rykneld Road, just off the A38 in Littleover. Our secluded location is set upon beautiful grounds with plenty of free parking available to both patients and visitors.

By choosing to undertake your gallbladder removal treatment in Brentwood, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands possible for treatment.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Derby Hospital

If you are considering to go private for your gallbladder removal treatment, you will need to arrange an initial consultation with one of our general surgeons before proceeding with treatment. To book, please call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 01332 540100 or fill out a contact form above.

The gallbladder and gallstones explained

The gallbladder is an organ in your body that stores bile. Bile is a bitter, yellow fluid produced by your liver. Bile is released by your gallbladder into the small intestine when you eat and helps to break down fats.

When the components that make up bile get out of balance gallstones can form. Gallstones are frequently not a problem and go unnoticed. However, if a gallstone becomes trapped in the opening (duct) in your gallbladder it can cause severe abdominal pain lasting from one to five hours.

Left untreated gallstone disease can cause persistent pain, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice) and elevated body temperature. In severe cases, gallstones can move to the pancreas causing pain and inflammation.

Treatment for gallstones usually involves minimally invasive keyhole surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy).

What happens during laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

  • A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about an hour.
  • Your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen (stomach). They will place surgical instruments, along with a tube connected to a light and camera (called a laparoscope) inside your abdomen to perform the operation. So your surgeon will have room to work your abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide.
  • Your surgeon will free up your gallbladder duct (cystic duct) and artery.
  • They will then separate your gallbladder from your liver and remove it through one of the incisions.

After your operation

  • Once your operation is over, you’ll be taken to the recovery room where you will wake from the anaesthetic. Your wounds, blood pressure and pulse will be checked carefully.
  • You may have a drain in your abdomen to remove fluid. This will be removed before you leave the hospital.
  • You may also have a drip (infusion) going into your arm. This will keep you hydrated until you are able to drink. When you are stable and comfortable, a nurse will take you to your room.

Going home after laparoscopic cholecystectomy

  • Most people recover quickly from laparoscopic cholecystectomy. You may be able to go home the day of your surgery or stay just one night. You should arrange for someone to drive you home as the effects of anaesthesia can take a few hours to wear off.
  • You may have pain from your surgical wounds and your abdomen may feel bloated. This should ease after several days. Be sure and take any painkillers you have been given as prescribed.
  • If your wounds were closed by removable stitches you will need to have them removed by the Practice Nurse at your GP’s office.
  • Avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for the first two weeks. Be sure and discuss any return to work with your surgeon.
General complications of surgery:
SPECIFIC COMPLICATIONS OF LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY MIGHT INCLUDE:
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Developing a hernia in the scar
  • Leaking of bile
  • Retained stones
  • Diarrhoea
  • Inflammation of the abdomen.