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Surgical removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common operations performed by the NHS. More than 60,000 gallbladder removals are performed each year.
How a gallbladder removal is performed
Read about how a gallbladder is removed (cholecystectomy) using either laparoscopy or open surgery.
Complications of a gallbladder removal
Removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is a relatively quick and safe procedure, but, like all operations, there is a small risk of complications.
Recovering from a gallbladder removal
Read about recovering from having surgery to remove your gallbladder (cholecystectomy), including side effects, how long it takes to get back to normal, and driving after surgery.
'I was having my appendix out and the surgeon spied the gallstones - all 19 of them'
Read the real story of Phyllis Long, who had surgery to remove her gallstones after doctors discovered 19 of them when removing her appendix.