In general, laparoscopic gallbladder removal is less costly than open surgery. The average MDsave total cost for laparoscopic surgery is $9,458, compared to around $12,000 or more for open surgery.
What happens if a person who needs gallbladder surgery does not receive it?
The hazards of not treating gallstones may include: Unpredictable gallstone pain episodes. Inflammatory or life-threatening infections of the gallbladder, bile ducts, or pancreas. Common bile duct obstruction results in jaundice and other symptoms.
When should a gallbladder patient visit the ER?
Gallstone Symptoms: When to Seek Immediate Medical Help – When gallstones travel into the bile duct and cause inflammation and edema, the symptoms of gallstones become evident. The most frequent symptom of gallstones is severe upper-right abdominal discomfort that might extend to the shoulder or upper back.