What Kind Of Anesthesia Is Used For Laparoscopy?

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18/04/2012 - 17:49

For laparoscopy, the patient is usually given a general anesthesia and is unconscious during the operation. General anesthesia relaxes muscles and makes it easier for the doctor to perform the surgery.

Some procedures, however, are done with a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area of the body where the incisions will be made. The patient is awake during the operation, but usually is given medication to help stay calm and relaxed.

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

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