Cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder Removal)

What is a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)?


Cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal surgery, is the surgical removal of the gall bladder.

It is performed when the recurring formation of gallstones on the wall of the gall bladder:

  • Leads to severe symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and digestive problems.
  • Results in complications such as infections.

How it works

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the recommended treatment for patients with symptomatic gallstones. It uses keyhole surgery to remove diseased or inflamed gall bladders.

During the procedure, fine instruments and a video camera are inserted into the abdomen through small incisions. These small incisions enable faster recovery and lower infection risk.

Why do you need a cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy or gall bladder removal may be recommended if you experience recurring gallstone formation or severe symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain (usually on the right side, just under the ribs, or in the upper middle part of the stomach)
  • Pain in the back or right shoulder
  • Bloating or indigestion
  • Nausea or vomiting

If left untreated, gallstones can result in complications such as:

  • Cholecystitis (infection of the gall bladder)
  • Cholangitis (blockage of the bile duct resulting in pain, fever and jaundice)
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)

What are the risks and complications of a cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy is a safe procedure, with a low risk of complications. However, like any other surgery, it carries a small risk.

Risks and complications of cholecystectomy include:

Why choose Gleneagles Hospital?

At Gleneagles Hospital, our team of general surgeons are known in Singapore and the region for their expertise in treating a wide range of medical conditions.

Through minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic cholecystectomy, our gall bladder patients can look forward to faster recovery and a lower risk of infection.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our general surgeons

At Gleneagles Hospital, our surgeons are well-trained in performing a range of surgical procedures for gall bladder conditions, including cholecystectomy.

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