The 31-times capped tight head prop has suffered from a recurring injury with his right shoulder and Cardiff Blues and the Welsh management decided it was better for him to have surgery than try to play on with the problem.
Jenkins became one of the stalwarts of the Lions pack in New Zealand last summer and was one of the few players who emerged with his reputation enhanced. Now viewed as the cornerstone of the Welsh eight, he scored the vital first try in the Grand Slam victory over Ireland in March.
His operation means that Worcester's Chris Horsman could get his first taste of international rugby when the northern hemisphere champions, Wales, take on the Tri-Nations winners, New Zealand, at the Millennium Stadium on 5 November.
Horsman has completed his three years residency in Wales and has been in superb form for his club this season in the Guinness Premiership and is likely to join the Welsh front row pool with Ospreys duo Duncan and Adam Jones and the Blues's John Yapp.
Wales coach Mike Ruddock is already sweating on the return of two more Lions, Shane Williams and Gavin Henson, who have both undergone groin operations this month.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series