What are Gallbladder Polyps?

Gallbladder polyps are growths or lesions that form on the inner lining of the gallbladder. While most gallbladder polyps are benign, some may be precancerous or cancerous, necessitating prompt evaluation and treatment.


Diagnosing gallbladder polyps typically begins with a thorough medical history review and physical examination. However, imaging studies such as abdominal ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be necessary to visualize the polyps accurately. In some cases, a specialized imaging technique called endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) may be performed to obtain detailed images of the gallbladder lining.

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Types of Gallbladder Polyps

Gallbladder polyps can be classified into different types based on their characteristics:

  1. Cholesterol Polyps: These are the most common type and are composed of cholesterol deposits.
  2. Inflammatory Polyps: These develop in response to chronic inflammation of the gallbladder.
  3. Adenomatous Polyps: These are precancerous polyps that have the potential to develop into gallbladder cancer.

Treatment Options

The treatment approach for gallbladder polyps depends on various factors, including the size, number, and characteristics of the polyps, as well as the patient's overall health and medical history. Treatment options may include:

  1. Observation: Small, asymptomatic gallbladder polyps may be monitored closely with regular imaging studies to detect any changes in size or appearance over time.
  2. Surgical Removal: : Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) may be recommended for larger polyps, polyps causing symptoms, or those with suspicious features indicating a risk of cancer Read more about gallbladder surgery here.

Surgical Approach

Dr Golani specialises in performing minimally invasive technique of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy offers several advantages, including smaller incisions, reduced postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery compared to open surgery. Read more about gallbladder surgery here.

Postoperative Care

You will be monitored in recovery for some time and will normally be able to go home within 24 hours. You may have some side effects from the general anaesthetic such as a headache, nausea or vomiting, which can be controlled with medicine.

You will have some pain in your abdomen after the operation, which can be controlled using pain relief. You may also have some pain in your shoulder from the gas used in the operation, which can be eased with walking.

You will have a drip in your arm at first, which will be removed after the anaesthetic wears off. You can take sips of water at first then slowly get back to eating and drinking normally.

Important points to remember:

  • No driving for 5 days post-discharge from hospital
  • Your dressings are waterproof so you can shower as normal
  • Do not sit/soak in a bath for 10 days
  • Leave your dressings in place for 7 days
  • Use regular fibre supplement such a Metamucil will help avoid constipation
  • Walking unrestricted is allowed post discharge
  • Cycling/running/swimming is allowed 2 weeks post discharge
  • Lifting weights may cause complications for your surgery. Limit lifting anything heavier than 8kgs for 4 weeks post-surgery. Additionally, you should not lift anything heavier than 15kgs for a further 4 weeks post-surgery
  • No special diet post-surgery is required to be followed
  • Make an appointment to see Dr Golani 4 weeks post-surgery

Quality of Life

Gallbladder polyps are common incidental findings on imaging studies, and while most are benign, some may require further evaluation and treatment. If you suspect you may have gallbladder polyps or have been diagnosed with them, please contact our team to request a consultation with Dr Golani.

Your Consultation

Dr. Golani will provide further discussion regarding the specifics of your diagnosis during your consultation. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to select the hospital for your procedure and potentially set the date for your procedure.

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For further information or to discuss treatment options, please contact our team for a consultation with Dr Golani. A GP referral will be required prior to your consultation.

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