Laparoscopy is usually performed under general anesthesia, though in exceptional cases
'diagnostic laparoscopy' can be performed either under local anesthesia with sedation.
With your help, your surgeon and an anesthesiologist will decide on a method of
anesthesia to perform safe and successful surgery.
General anesthesia is the usual choice for most patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery.
For patients undergoing ‘diagnostic laparoscopy’, it is given to those
patients who are not candidates for local anesthesia or who want to be completely
asleep. General anesthesia may be preferable in patients who are young, who cannot lie
still on the operating table, or have a medical condition that is safer to perform in