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The ongoing pursuit of minimally invasive and minimally uncomfortable elective surgery continues. The authors present interim results of a prospective randomized trial of spinal vs general anesthesia for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Fifty patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists status I or II were randomized to each arm. Pain at 4, 8, 12, and 24 hours after the procedure was significantly less following spinal anesthesia than in those patients who had general anesthesia.
Galandiuk S. Spinal vs General Anesthesia for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Interim Analysis of a Controlled Randomized Trial—Invited Critique. Arch Surg. 2008;143(5):502. doi:10.1001/archsurg.143.5.502