How is anesthesia administered for laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Danny A Sherwinter, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Because pneumoperitoneum is necessary for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, general anesthesia with intubation is routinely required. Case reports of epidural anesthesia [62] and a pilot study comparing spinal anesthesia with general anesthesia in young, thin, healthy patients showed no significant differences in outcome. [63] Further studies involving acute cholecystitis and an older patient population are needed.


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