Broad has been managing tendonitis in his right knee for some time and missed the early part of the season following the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The 28-year-old has been key to England's improved performances in Test cricket, taking six for 25 on day one against India at Emirates Old Trafford.
In a press conference following the opening day's play, he confirmed that although he wasn't sure of the exact date, an operation on his knee will be required.
"It's been confirmed I'm going to have an op," Broad said.
"The timing is not confirmed but the fella is flying over from Sweden after the Oval Test to have a look.
"It will either be after that Test or after the one-day series, depending on what he suggests.
"At any stage in the last 18 months I could have had the op and it's at the stage where it needs to be done.
"It's actually a really good opportunity for me to get the knee sorted and to use it as a strength and conditioning period."
The final game of India's tour of England - the Twenty20 International at Edgbaston - is on 7th September and an expected recovery time of three months would leave Broad around a month to fully prepare for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
England begin their campaign against co-hosts Australia on 14th February and they also play New Zealand, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
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