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30° Arthroscope and Sheath (Zimmer)

Health Sciences · Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy

A metal optical instrument consisting of two parts: an arthroscope with a long, thin, cylindrical stem with a matching sheath. A black coloured eyepiece is located at one end of the instrument, and an angled lens at the other. There is a port for a fiber optic light source near the centre of the arthroscope.

The sheath has a handle-like stem that ends in two ports and valves. The channel between these ports and the openings at the tip of the sheath are presumably integrated into the body of the sheath. There is a deep groove in the back of the handle-like part of the stem to accommodate the arthroscope’s fiber optic port (and corresponding cable, which is not included).

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.4

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Primary Materials: Steel, Glass


Around the barrel of the arthroscope: “Zimmer// Warsaw, Indiana 46580”, “3953-62”, “G 209 7// 30°”, “Made in Germany”
Around the socket of the sheath that joins the arthroscope: “0413”; “3950-04”
On the cylinder where the valves meet the sheath: “Zimmer// WARSAW, INDIANA 46580”; “Mfd. by KLI”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 13, Width = 3.5, Length = 23.


An arthroscope is an optical instrument for viewing the interior of a joint during a surgical operation. Its development made possible minimally invasive surgery for many knee operations. It significantly improved diagnoses and healing times for many knee conditions. Specialized arthroscopes may also be used on smaller joints.


There is some damage to the knurled rings where on the sheath where it joins the arthroscope. There is light abrasion elsewhere on the artifact, such as around the ring of the eyepiece and parts of the valves.

Associated Instruments:


Zimmer, Warsaw, Indiana, USA 46580. “Mfd. by KLI”, “Made in Germany”

Date of Manufacture: 20th C., pre 2010.


The Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy Collection was acquired by the University of Toronto from Dr. Jackson’s family on November 12th, 2020.

Additional Information and References:

Walker, J., Nicas, J., & Pollock, L. (2014, Apr 25). Big deal — especially for Warsaw, Ind. Wall Street Journal.

Historical Notes:

Zimmer has been based in Warsaw, Indiana since 1927. The company became a world leader in artificial knees, hips, and other orthopedic and bone-mending implants. In 2014, the company merged with Biomet. (see Walker, Nicas, & Pollock, 2014)

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