Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery In A Nutshell
- Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, or laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is used to treat problems of the gallbladder.
- This form of treatment is usually recommended for treating gallstones and gallbladder infections.
- As compared to traditional methods, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with smaller incisions, thereby ensuring a faster recovery rate with lowered risk of complication.
- Contrary to most beliefs, most people who undergo surgery to remove their gallbladder do not have any problems with biliary function thereafter and are able to enjoy a normal lifestyle with minimal changes.
What Is Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery?
Gallstones are a common problem for people in Singapore and as a result gallstones removal and gallbladder surgery is a common procedure. Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the removal of your gallbladder. This is a common method for treating gallstones and gallbladder infections. The procedure is done by the surgeon making small incisions in your abdomen. Using a laparoscope, the surgeon watches a close-up view of the organs and tissues on the monitor and performs the operation by using surgical instruments through small cuts.
Why Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery?
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery may be required if you experience pain or other symptoms resulting from gallstones. You may also need to undergo this surgery if your gallbladder is not functioning normally. As compared to traditional methods, laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with smaller incisions. It involves lower risk of complication, less pain, less scarring and a faster recovery and return to normal activities for the patient.
What Will Happen If My Gallbladder Is Removed?
The gallbladder is an organ that can be removed without affecting your ability to digest food. After a gallbladder operation or gallstones treatment, you can lead a perfectly normal and healthy life. Most people who undergo surgery to remove their gallbladder do not have any problems with biliary function thereafter. This is because the body is able to cope with losing its additional storage space for bile by filling the bile ducts, which transport bile from the liver to the small intestine. With less space to store bile, bile is constantly being delivered into your intestine.
Am I Suitable For Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery?
Most people are suitable candidates for this type of gallbladder surgery. However, if you have previously had surgery in your abdomen, bleed a lot or if you have any issue that would make it hard for our doctor to see your gallbladder, an open surgery may work better for you. Our doctor will assess you and decide which type of surgery is more suitable for you.
What To Expect?
Before your gallbladder surgery procedure
- Follow instructions about when to stop eating and drinking.
- Take the drugs our doctor told you to take with small sips of water.
- Stop all regular medications unless absolutely necessary under a doctor’s supervision. This will lower your risk of bleeding during surgery.
- Refrain from smoking and alcohol.
During your gallbladder surgery procedure
- The operation requires only four small incisions in the abdomen.
- Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.
After your gallbladder surgery procedure
- If you do not have any problems, and once you are able to drink fluids easily and your pain can be controlled with painkillers, you will be discharged on the day of the procedure or the next day.
- Schedule a follow up appointment with our doctor within two to three weeks of the procedure.
- You will likely be able to resume daily activities within a week.
What Will My Diet Be Like After My Gallbladder Is Removed?
For the first few days after your gallbladder is removed, consume a high-fibre, low-fat diet. A healthy meal will consist of small amounts of lean protein e.g. fish, poultry or non-fat dairy as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Foods that contain high fibre will help to normalise bowel movements. Avoid fatty food such as fried and oily foods. Eat smaller and more frequent portions. This will help to ease digestion and prevent abdominal discomfort and other side effects.
If you require a gallbladder operation or gallstones treatment in Singapore, we can provide options for you.
Our Fees & Costs – Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder disease can lead to significant discomfort and pain in the abdomen.
In most cases, patients with gallstones may not experience any symptoms until the condition worsens, leading to the need for a gallbladder removal.
At G&L Surgical, we understand the concerns that often arise with managing gallbladder disease.
Read on to learn how we at G&L Surgical strive to provide transparency with our fees and charges and provide you with financing counselling necessary to understand the costs involved in getting your gallbladder removed.
What Is Cashless Eligibility for a Procedure?
Cashless eligibility refers to the option of zero out-of-pocket fees upon treatment and hospitalisation.
G&L Surgical provides services to help you check on your eligibility for seamless and stress-free treatment, WHATSAPP or call us at +65 8218 7799 to find out more.
I Have Private Health Insurance; How Can I Ensure That I Do Not Have to Pay With Cash for My Gallbladder Surgery?
The Integrated Shield Plan allows Singaporeans to obtain additional coverage on top of what is offered by Medishield Life for private healthcare. Suppose you have purchased a hospital plan rider from your insurer, which covers the cost of the deductible along with co-insurance.
In that case, you may be eligible for a cashless procedure during your hospitalisation. If you are unsure of your eligibility for a cashless procedure, contact us or speak to your insurer to find out more.
I Have an Integrated Shield Plan. What Are My Out-of-Pocket Fees at a Private Hospital?
If you are considering seeking treatment at a Private Hospital and have an Integrated Shield Plan, your out-of-pocket fees may amount to the following:
To understand how you can enjoy seamless and cashless eligibility for your procedure, speak to your insurer or contact our friendly staff via WHATSAPP or call our CLINIC for assistance.
How Much Does Gallbladder Surgery Cost in Singapore?
At G & L Surgical Clinic, a gallbladder removal or cholecystectomy may cost between $6,000 to $8,000 in professional fees. Do note that the charges listed here refer to the doctor’s fees, this is before taking into account your hospitalisation fees along with your insurance claimables which may influence the final bill when it comes to having your gallbladder removed.
To obtain an estimated fee for Gallbladder Surgery, visit MOH’s Historical Transacted Bill Sizes and Fee Benchmarks.
To understand your financing options and out-of-pocket costs, speak to your insurer, or you may contact our friendly staff via WHATSAPP or call our CLINIC for assistance.
G&L Surgical Provides Medical Services in These Hospitals:
Your medical fees may differ depending on the selection of hospitals and bedding arrangements at different medical institutions.
Dr Ganesh Ramalingam is able to perform the procedure at the following hospitals:
- Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard & Novena)
- Mount Alvernia Hospital
- Parkway East Hospital
- Gleneagles Hospital
Why Choose Us For Your Gallbladder Treatments In Singapore?
Dr Ganesh at G & L Surgical Clinic strives to prioritise his patients’ recovery and comfort. Having had adequate experience in performing gallbladder surgeries for numerous patients for many years in Singapore.
Furthermore, the staff at G & L Surgical Clinic have been thoroughly and adequately trained to make your experience a comfortable and hassle-free one. Whether you intend to undergo our gallbladder procedures or other medical services in Singapore, you can rest assured that you will be properly and sufficiently cared for by trained professionals.
Organise a consultation with our surgeons for further assistance on gallbladder treatments in Singapore.