Cape Town - Injured All Black wing Nehe Milner-Skudder hopes to be back on the field in late April or May.
The 26-year-old went under the knife this week after suffering a shoulder injury playing against the Springboks at Newlands earlier this week.
The Hurricanes flyer took to social media after his operation, saying the surgeon was happy with how the procedure went:
Milner-Skudder enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015, helping the All Blacks to World Cup victory with six tries in the tournament.
But since then he has missed almost two years of international rugby due to a string of injuries. A dislocated left shoulder sidelined him for the entire 2016 season, then he returned to Super Rugby in March this year, only to break his foot after two games.
He made his latest comeback against Argentina last month and had scored three tries in three Tests before his injury curse struck again.