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Unidentified Sheath or Cannula

Health Sciences · Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy

An instrument consisting of a long, narrow channel into which a surgical tool can be inserted. At the rear of the instrument is a salmon coloured rubber fitting to create a seal against the tool. Past this opening, there is a valve, presumably to seal off the opening when not in use.

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.20

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Primary Materials: Steel


Engraved on a metal element near the rubber fitting: “STORZ// Germany// 26300 A”
Moulded into the rubber seal: “WOLF”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 2.5, Width = 1, Length = 18.


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 signs of wear across the artifact.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer: KARL STORZ company, Tuttlingen, Germany

Date of Manufacture: Post 1970s.


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

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Historical Notes:

  • Donated to UTSIC