Springbok Sevens scrum-half Branco du Preez had corrective surgery on Tuesday and he is set to miss the rest of the year because of the injury.
The shoulder surgery means du Preez will miss the first two tournaments of the Sevens World Series in Dubai and Cape Town, which take place in December.
The livewire playmaker has been experiencing discomfort from the niggling injury for some time. The player decided that it would be better for him to undergo corrective shoulder surgery before the Sevens Series gets underway, so he can return to action fully fit at the beginning of next year.
The coming season is the most important one yet, and the busy calendar includes an expanded Series of ten tournaments and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Dr Leigh Gordon, the Bok Sevens team doctor, said the operation went well.
"Branco underwent a right shoulder operation to stabilise the shoulder joint. The procedure went smoothly and the surgeons who operated on him are happy with the outcome," explained Dr Gordon.