The presence of gallstones is one of the most common problems of the digestive system. About 1 adult in every 10 has gallstones.

In people who have pain and other symptoms caused by gallstones, removal of the gallbladder is usually the best treatment. In people with complications due to gallstones, prompt treatment is important.

Surgical removal of the gallbladder is the safest way to treat serious gallbladder disease.

The most common technique the doctor uses to remove the gallbladder is laparoscopic (or ‘key-hole’) surgery, or the open technique will be used where deemed appropriate. A small video camera attached to the laparoscope allows the doctor to view the gallbladder on a video monitor and excise it. Clips are used to close off the cystic duct and the cystic artery at the base of the gallbladder, these clips will stay in your body. Surgery to remove the gallbladder is performed under general anaesthesia.

Detailed information can be discussed with the doctor at the time of consultation.