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Soccer Ace Tony Chursky is Back in the Game

Tony Chursky

Seattle Sounders goalie Tony Chursky left the world of pro soccer more than 20 years ago, but the aches and pains weren’t so easy to leave behind.

“About 10 years ago, I noticed I couldn’t fully stretch out after workouts, ”Tony says. “Then the pain came. When it started keeping me up at night, I realized it was time to do something about it.

”On a friend’s recommendation, Tony went to Federal Way orthopedic surgeon Gary Hunter, DO, and St. Francis Hospital for hip-replacement surgery, despite being out of his insurance network.

"His reputation was excellent and once I met Dr. Hunter, I knew it was the right choice,” Tony says. At 52, Tony is relatively young for joint replacement, but new technology has made waiting until you’re elderly for the surgery a thing of the past.

Dr. Hunter“We can expect the hip replacements will last longer, which is great news for younger, more active patients like Mr. Chursky,” Dr. Hunter says.

Despite extensive injuries and a highly complex surgery, Tony treated the physical demands of rehabilitation like a new sport to be mastered. The results were phenomenal. “I was cycling eight weeks after surgery,” he says. “It feels great to be back to running and coaching without pain.”

Expert orthopedic solutions

Whether you’re recovering from an injury or feeling your years, you’ll find a full spectrum of orthopedic care at all three Franciscan hospitals, including:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging including X-ray, computerized tomography(CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and nuclear medicine
  • Surgical options including same-day surgical procedures, such as arthroscopy, and more serious surgeries, such as partial or total joint replacements
  • Physical rehabilitation to help you regain mobility, strength and endurance, whether you’re recovering from injury or surgery. All three of our Outpatient Centers have expert staff and the latest, high-tech equipment, including the Aquaciser, an in-water treadmill that helps you exercise without joint strain

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