Dr. Brence Sell on Recent Advances in Anesthesiology

Dr. Brence Sell

January 8, 2021

Dr. Brence Sell on Recent Advances in Anesthesiology

As an anesthesiologist with over 40 years of practical experience, Dr. Brence Sell has seen trends in the medical industry come and go. He explains that a lot of enthusiasm goes into things that look promising, but seem to fade from the collective consciousness in a few years. However, Dr. Brence Sell also says that in his time, he’s seen plenty of interesting innovations in anesthesiology and related fields. Here are a few interesting innovations in anesthesiology that he finds especially intriguing.

 Dr. Brence Sell Recent Anesthesia Findings and Breakthroughs

Breakthroughs in pain management are not easy to come by, Dr. Brence Sell explains. The art and science of anesthesiology are very close to the science of the mind and the brain, which brings us frightfully close to what scientists call “the hard problem.” The pain appears to be at the very root of what makes us aware and capable of functional thought. The Canadian clinical psychologist, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has said that if you confront the nihilist with pain, he suddenly finds that he does have at least one value- pain avoidance. So it is interesting that pain management can advance at all. Still, it does.

 Type of anesthetic does not affect long-term postoperative cognitive dysfunction

A decline of cognitive function after surgery has long been linked to the use of anesthetic. Dr. Brence Sell explains that this fact is independent of the type of anesthesia used, an insight that can open up more potential use cases when the need for an anesthetic is unavoidable.

 Brief anesthetic exposure in infancy does not affect adolescent test scores

Between the mid-80s to the early 90s, surveys were conducted on teens who had received anesthesia during infancy. Dr. Brence Sell explains that these surveys found that the use of anesthetic did not curb the children’s brain function as they approached adulthood.

 Non-infiltrative anesthetics can treat transrectal prostate biopsy pain

Research is done by the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation at the University of Foggia in Italy, Dr. Brence Sell explains, has shown that less invasive forms of pain relief can be used for trans-rectal prostate biopsy patients. This can be expected to lead to further innovations along the same line.

 Fentanyl provides an alternative to anesthesia for ROP laser therapy

While the drug Fentanyl, Dr. Brence Sell explains, has become highly problematic for addicts, it has been found to be a viable alternative for ROP laser therapy patients.