Phoenix Suns swingman Dan Majerle is suffering numbness and strength loss in his right leg after back surgery, and doctors say it could be as long as a year before they know if the problems are permanent.

Neurosurgeons removed a grape-sized synovial cyst that was irritating a nerve near Majerle's spine, and said the player will have to wait until the nerve is rejuvenated - at a rate of about an inch per month - until they can determine whether there will be lingering affects of the condition.