Travel insurance for gallbladder removal (Cholecystectomy)

Staysure’s award-winning services cover a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions for the over 50s, so if you have gallbladder problems or have had surgery, it’s easy to get insurance should you need emergency treatment while you are on holiday.

Medical costs can mount up, especially if you are travelling outside the European Union, so don’t run the unnecessary risk of travelling without insurance. You might be surprised at how little it costs to avoid thousands of pounds in potential bills, should the worst happen when you’re far from home.

Thanks to our quick, easy medical screening process, you can apply for travel insurance in a matter of minutes by simply answering a few questions about yourself and your medical condition. You can complete this either online by clicking below or with the help of one of our travel insurance specialists by phone on 0800 033 4902.

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Why do I need travel insurance after a gallbladder removal?

Travelling without travel insurance means you are gambling with your health as well as your wallet. Costs to get you to hospital, treated properly and back home in the event of an accident can mount up. Things do get lost and accidents do happen. Your state of health may also mean you are unable to take the holiday you originally planned and without insurance in place, you probably won’t get a refund if you cancel.

At Staysure we recognise that holidays are big investments, so we are here to cover you for all events, leaving you to enjoy a worry-free break, safe in the knowledge that everything is covered.

Our Comprehensive policies include cancellation cover, extra flights and accommodation for you and your travel companions. Cancellation cover can also be added to our Basics policy as an optional extra.

Don’t rely on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) alone. Although we require you to have this free cover to run alongside your Staysure travel insurance for trips to EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, it by no means covers more than ordinary, state run emergency care wherever you are visiting, which can vary from country to country. It will not cover you in any other worldwide travel and you will still be left with bills for repatriation, cancellations, baggage and passports, emergency travel and accommodation, personal liability, mountain rescue in ski resorts and much more. See our policy document for a full run-down of what you will be covered for. Alternatively, call our specialists who will gladly get you the cover you need.

Should you find yourself in a medical emergency, our 24-hour emergency assistance team is on hand to help you make any emergency arrangements you might need. This is especially useful if you have no local knowledge and don’t speak the language of the country you are visiting. Our multi-lingual staff can help you make your arrangements and liaise on your behalf with the doctors and service providers to ensure you get everything you need, saving you hours of potential hassle and worry.

Don’t forget to list the names and ages of all your travel companions when taking out your gallbladder removal travel insurance. This will ensure you are all conveniently covered under one policy should you need to make a claim. It is also important to declare your gallbladder removal and any other medical conditions you may have when you take out your insurance policy; if not, you will not be covered in the event of a claim.

Tips for travelling following gallbladder removal

Recovery from a cholecystectomy is usually quick and trouble free. After keyhole surgery, you can normally leave hospital on the same day, while open surgery requires a stay of three to five days in hospital, after which you will be back to normal again in around four to six weeks.

Therefore, you don’t need to make any special arrangements for travelling after your gallbladder removal. However, the following travel tips could help make your trip go smoothly.

  • First, get clearance from your doctor that you are fully discharged and fit to travel following your surgery.
  • Bring any medications you are taking with you in your hand luggage, ready for use when necessary. Bring extra to cover your for any delays and, if you’re travelling with a companion, consider separating your drugs between your suitcases, just in case one gets lost.
  • Keep a list of your medications and dosages as this will make it easier to replace them should they go missing.
  • Get any relevant vaccinations done in time for the destinations you’re visiting, and to learn what health provisions you can expect if you need medical attention.
  • If you are travelling to Europe, it’s a requirement with Staysure that you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you free or reduced cost medical treatment but among other things, it doesn’t cover the cost of being flown back to the UK if necessary. Apply online or call 0300 330 1350.

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Common questions about gallbladder removal travel insurance

  • I had surgery last month. Will you provide me with travel insurance?

    In principle, yes. But this all depends on whether or not you have been fully discharged from any post-operative follow ups and your doctor has given you the green light to travel. Make sure you declare your gallbladder removal and any other pre-existing medical conditions when you take out your policy or you will not be covered if you need to make a claim.
  • What do I do if I need emergency treatment when I’m away?

    Firstly, don’t worry. Our policies cover you for emergency medical treatment, so you or someone with you will need to call us as soon as possible on + 44 207 902 7408. You will speak to a 24-hour emergency medical assistance team which provides multilingual support to help you get to the nearest hospital. They will follow your treatment all the way to ensure you get the care you need.
  • I am taking medication and wondered if it is included in my travel insurance policy if it gets lost or stolen.

    Yes, our Comprehensive policies will help replace any lost prescription drugs you may need. If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses and break them, we will also help you replace them. Please note: we pay up to £250 for the assistance and delivery costs, but not the cost of replacing your prescribed medication, contacts or glasses.
  • If I fall ill just before travelling, will you cover me?

    Yes. You will need to have declared your gallbladder removal plus any other pre-existing medical conditions during medical screening at the time of purchasing your policy and your doctor will have to have passed you as medically fit to travel at the time. If you then find yourself in a medical emergency which stops you from travelling, you will need to be declared as unfit to travel by your doctor in order to make a claim.

Gallbladder Removal Travel Insurance

Get a quote online for travel insurance for a gallbladder removal or call 0800 033 4902.


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