Chen Undergoes Left Hip Surgery

(1/28/16) - Nathan Chen, the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist, underwent left hip surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The surgery was performed by Dr. Catherine Robertson, assisted by Dr. Alexandra Schwartz, at UC San Diego Health, which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee's National Medical Network.

Chen suffered an avulsion injury to his left hip during a jump attempt in the exhibition following the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 24 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Chen was performing in the Skating Spectacular after having earlier won his first championship-level medal.

Chen's rehabilitation will begin in San Diego and is tentatively scheduled to continue at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Chen is expected to make a full recovery and return to the ice with restrictions in eight to 10 weeks.

Chen, the 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, was expected to compete at the 2016 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2016 U.S. junior champion, is the first alternate to the World Junior Team and will compete March 14-20 in Debrecen, Hungary. Grant Hochstein, who finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Championships, will make his World Championships debut March 28-April 3 in Boston.