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.maryK.JPG (19078 bytes)          

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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.