Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is generally performed using a general anesthesia. During the procedure the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to provide room for the procedure. Through a small incision made at the navel, a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. Three small additional holes are made to allow the entry of the instruments. The gallbladder is located and the cystic duct and artery are tied off. The gallbladder is removed and the incision is closed. Sometimes an x-ray is taken on the operating table (cholangiogram) to look for stones or abnormalities in the common bile duct.