Czisny told me Monday by telephone that she will soon have surgery to repair a torn labrum in her left hip that was revealed in an MRI last week. She expects to on crutches for three or four weeks and off the ice for three months.
"I know the next question is going to be, `Why did I go to worlds?''' said Czisny, who fell seven times in her two programs at worlds. "If I knew I was injured, I wouldn't have gone.
"Looking back now, it might have occurred earlier, but I didn't feel it untl I started skating again after I took two weeks off after worlds. At first, I thought it was just a strained muscle. But then I could barely do flip and lutz (jumps).
Czisny did early May shows in South Korea, where she felt compelled to limit her skating to a degree that led her to a doctor upon returning to the U.S. As soon as the problem was diagnosed, she asked U.S. Figure Skating for the latest possible Grand Prix assignments wound up with one - the circuit finale Nov. 23-25 in Japan.
"I still hope to get a second Grand Prix if I am ready and a spot opens up," she said.