Patient Name: Brianna Torres
Hometown: Wesley Chapel, Florida
Problem: Crohn’s Disease
Physician: Dr. Sunil Panchal, pain management specialist
Product: Stimwave Freedom-8A Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) System
Sixteen-year-old Brianna Torres of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 10. Over the past six years, as the disease continued to progress, Brianna experienced such
intense chronic pain — at a level of eight to 10 out of 10 — that she was bedridden and couldn’t walk without assistance. Her doctors prescribed multiple medications, including Remicade, to treat her Crohn’s, and several strong pain medications, including Percocet, Tramadol, and Nucynta, none of which were effective in treating Brianna’s pain.
Without alternative treatment options for her pain, Brianna was relying on potentially lethal doses of the medications to deal with day-to-day life, and her family was worried that she would not survive. Their fears intensified when Brianna suffered a seizure due to the medications she was taking. Last year her doctors referred her to a pain management specialist, Dr. Sunil Panchal, who informed the Torres family of Stimwave’s success in reducing chronic pain. Brianna was immediately implanted with the Stimwave Freedom-8A Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) System in her lower back.
Since beginning treatment with Stimwave, Brianna’s pain levels reduced to a one or two out of 10. She is able to sit up, walk, go outside, and move around freely, none of which she was able to accomplish previously. While Brianna still takes two 50 mg Tramadol tablets in the evening if she finds it necessary, Brianna’s mother, Cecelia, is convinced that Stimwave saved Brianna’s life. She will be returning to school this year for the first time in three years as a result of her Stimwave procedure.