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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 single port for an irrigation system. Near this is a port for a fiber optic light source. There is a piece of white adhesive Velcro tape near the irrigation port.

Note that there is no information on this instrument that indicates the manufacturer or model. However, it strongly resembles the arthroscope 2020.JAC.4, though the sheath is different.

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.14

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Stainless steel; glass.

Markings: On the barrel: “Made in Germany”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 4 Width = 2.5, 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 are very light abrasions along the surface of the instrument. There is slight discoloration along a portion of the rim of the eyepiece.

Associated Instruments:


Zimmer, Warsaw, Indiana, USA; , “Made in Germany”

Date of Manufacture: 20th C., pre 2014.


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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