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Gall bladder surgery

What is gallbladder surgery?

Gallbladder surgery or Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder which is a small, pouch-like organ that is located at the upper right abdomen. The gallbladder stores fluid called ‘bile’ that is produced by the liver to break down fatty foods and helps digestion. 

Why do you need gallbladder surgery?

The doctor may recommend you to undergo removal of the gallbladder if you have painful gallstones. Gallstones are developed due to an imbalance in the formation of bile. Mostly it does not cause any symptoms, but sometimes they can obstruct the flow of bile and can hurt the gallbladder or pancreas. This can lead to sudden and intense pain in the abdomen, yellowish discolouration of the eyes and you will feel sick. Although these gallstones can be sometimes dissolved by using medications, surgery to remove the gallbladder is the most effective treatment in most of the cases.

How is this procedure done?

The procedure can be carried out in two ways; 

Open cholecystectomy: It is the conventional type of surgery in which a large incision is made on your upper abdomen and creates access to remove the gallbladder. 

Laparoscopic (keyhole) Cholecystectomy: In laparoscopic surgery, multiple small incisions will be made on your abdomen rather than one large incision. A laparoscope with an attached camera will be inserted through one of the incisions, which will transmit good quality video of the operating area on a monitor. This will help the surgeon to guide the surgical instruments through other incisions to remove the gallbladder. 

How long does it take to recover after cholecystectomy?

You will have to stay back in the hospital for 3 to 5 days after an open cholecystectomy. And it takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks for the complete recovery. But after the laparoscopic surgery, you may leave the hospital the same day or the next day. And it takes around two weeks time for the complete recovery after the laparoscopic surgery. 

How much does this procedure cost?

Approximately in India, INR 30,000 to INR 100,000.

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You can request quotation from the listed hospitals

MGM Healthcare

New No 72, Old No 54 Nelson Manickam Road


mCare Smart Clinic

Kinfra Hi Tech Park Kalamassery Kochi, Kerala 683503


Iqraa International Hospital and Research Centre

Wayanad Road, Malaparamba, Kozhikode, Kerala


Sunrise Hospital

Sunrise Hospital, Seaport – Airport Road, Kakkanad, Kochi 682 030, Kerala, India


Ananthapuri Hospitals

NH Byepass 66, Airport Road, Near Courtyard Garden


Kinder Multispeciality Hospital

Kinder Hospital, Kalamassery, Kochi-682033, Kerala, India


B&B Memorial Hospital

Opp. Thrikkakara Temple, Thrikkakara P.O, Cochin


KIMSHEALTH, Trivandrum

P.B.No.1, Anayara P.O, Trivandrum – 695029, Kerala, India


VPS Lakeshore Hospital

NH-66 Bypass, near Police Station, Nettoor, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala


Aster MIMS Kannur

Chala east


KMC Hospital

opposite Jyothi Theatre, Balmatta, Mangalore, Karnataka 575019

Dakshina Kannada

Aster MIMS Kottakkal

Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd Changuvetty, Kottakkal P.O, Malappuram


Aster MIMS, Calicut

Mini By-pass Road, Govindapuram P.O., Calicut


Malabar Hospital

Eranjipalam Junction, Eranjipalam Kozhikode, Kerala


Rajagiri Hospital

Near GTN Junction, Chunangamvely Aluva, Kochi, Kerala


Sreechand Speciality Hospital

Sreechand Speciality Hospitals Pvt ltd, Near SN park, Kannur Kerala - 670001


A.J Hospital and Research Centre

National High Way 66, Kuntikana

Dakshina Kannada

Indiana Hospital

Pumpwell junction, Mahaveer Circle, Dakshina Kannada

Dakshina Kannada