London: Controversial Pakistan pace-man Akhtar underwent surgery on his troubled left knee at the at the Wellington hospital in London.
The surgery was supervised by Dr Andrew Williams, who also treated England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
"The surgery has been successful and the surgeon has said that after this operation Shoaib can play for the next two to three years without any problem with his knee which has been nagging him for the last two years," Akhtar told a news agency on Sunday.
Akthar had to bear the expense of operation by himself as PCB refused to pay him on the grounds that although he was centrally contracted, had not incurred the injury while on national duty.
The fast bowler was pulled out of Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup squad in May because of a skin infection and then missed the Test tour of Sri Lanka and also Champions Trophy because of fitness issues.