Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed under general anesthesia. An endotracheal tube,
nasogastric tube, and urinary catheter
are used. These are usually inserted after the patient is anesthetized and removed before
he awakens. Because both an endotracheal tube and a nasogastric tube are used, chances of
a sore throat after surgery are increased somewhat.
Pain after laparoscopic cholecystectomy is much less than
after the traditional procedure in which an incision was made. Most patients will need
some pain medicine given either as intra-muscular injections or as
patient controlled analgesia. Most patients will stay in a hospital overnight, and go home
the following day.