Barbosa has successful surgery

Updated: January 26, 2010, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns say guard Leandro Barbosa underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove a ganglion cyst in his right wrist and he's expected to be sidelined up to six weeks.

Leandro Barbosa

Barbosa

Barbosa has struggled with the wrist problem since last summer when he sprained it on a fall while playing for the Brazilian national team. He had fluid drained from the wrist in November, sat out three games and took anti-inflammatory drugs but the problems returned.

Suns officials say a decision on the surgery was reached last weekend after the swelling and pain in Barbosa's right hand worsened during Friday's loss to Chicago.

Barbosa is averaging 10.6 points this season, but has shot career-worst percentages from the field (42.2) and 3-point range (33.0).


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