When asked why he chose to go to Thailand, he said that is where he believes the best surgery is for spinal cord injuries. He has read testimonials online and witnessed the success of others who have made the journey for the same surgery.
“If it is the best science out there, then I want to pursue that and get it done.” – Ryan Straschnitzki, Humboldt Broncos player
Straschnitzki had an epidural stimulator device implanted in his spine to hopefully improve daily life. The device was placed below his injury to help re-connect neurons and brain signals to move muscles below the injury.
“As far as I know, it helps with things like bladder and sexual functions. I think it will be a huge improvement and I can’t wait.” – Ryan Straschnitzki, Humboldt Broncos player
Although his family was nervous for the surgery Straschnitzki says, mixed emotions aside, they are supporting him through the whole thing.
Straschnitzki will remain in Thailand for just over a month for physio. Once home, he will most likely have physio five to six times a week. He expects it to be quite vigorous and hard on his muscles but he is up for whatever has to be done to get him as close to walking as possible.