AED Arthroscopy Instruments

Terms and Conditions


All instruments presented in the catalog are crafted from the finest German stainless steel. These products are guaranteed to be free from defects in workmanship and materials. Any original product, which proves defective in workmanship or materials, will be repaired or replaced at our discretion free of charge.


No returns will be accepted without proper authorization. To speed authorization, please provide us with the invoice and order date when you call and ask for a Return Authorzation Number. Merchandise must be unused and in original packaging. Returns are subject to a 10% restocking fee.


All claims must be made within seven days after receipt of merchandise. Use medical instruments only for original purposes it is intended for. Custom or modified instruments cannoy be returned for credit.

Instrument Care and Maintenance

Before each use, clean, sterilize, and inspect instrument. For all end users, the Manufacturer recommends the following steps:

Ordinary tap water contains minerals, which may cause discoloring and corrosion. We recommend the use of distilled water for cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, and rinsing instruments. In order to avoid corrosion, use a cleaning solution with a near neutral pH (7).

The ultrasound method is the most effective and efficient method for cleaning surgical instruments. In order to raise the effectiveness, first clean the instruments of any visible residue before placing them in an ultrasonic cleaner. We recommend the following rules specified below:

  • Do not mix in the same cycle instruemnts made of stainless steel and instruments made of carbon steel covered with a galvanizing layer.
  • Open all the instruments so that locks and latches are accessible.
  • Avoid stacking instruments one over the other during loading.
  • Remove and rinse the instruments immediately after the cycle ends.
  • Dry the instruments immediately after rinsing and leave them in open air to dry completely.
  • Lubricate all movable parts.

Attention: After ultrasound cleaning, perform a careful inspection of the instruments in terms of potential loosening of particular parts, e.g. loose screws.


If ultrasound cleaning equipment is not available, the instruments should be cleaned very carefully. Special attention should be paid to cleaning locks, teeth, hinges, and other difficult to access areas. For cleaning, use nylon (not steel) brushes and warm (not hot) cleaning solutions. Follow the manufacturer's instructions while preparing solutions. Change the solution in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Instruments should be treated with the utmost care in order not to damage their delicate tips and mechanisms. If the instruments came into contact with blood, tissue, physiological saline or other foreign substances, they should be rinsed with warm (not hot) water before the substance dries up on the instruments. After rinsing, dip the instrument in a cleaning and disinfecting soltion. Do not exceed the maximum treatment time and temperature.

Clean and rinse the instruments immediately after each application to achieve the best results. Delayed cleaning may result in particles sticking to the instruments or secretions drying up, maing them resistant to cleaning and in the future, difficult or even impossible to sterilize.

Since many chemical compounds and substances have a strong corrosive effect on stainless steel, instruments should be immediately rinsed and dried if they were exposed to any potentially hazardous substances.


Before each use, check and test the instruments. Visible defects, cracks, deformed elements, or blunt blades indicate that the instruments require repair and must not be used.

The best time to check the condition of the instruments is after cleaning and lubrication, after they have cooled down. The application of defective instruments is strictly forbidden. Never attempt to repair the instruments on your own. Exclusively trained and qualified technicians should carry out servicing and repair work. Questions concerning repair should be reported to the manufacturer.

Upon inspection, pay attention to:

  • Performance - pliers, forceps, and scissors must cut smoothly and close properly. Needle handles and clips must close properly and their tips must meet.
  • Surface - inspect the surface carefully in search for traces of discoloring, cracks, or other irregularities. The most common reasons for discoloring and corrosion are:
    • Improper cleaning
    • Simultaneous sterilization of instruments made of stainless steel and carbon steel covered with a chrome layer
    • Water contamination
    • Inadequate or improper preparation and use of improper cleaning, disinfection, or maintenance agents
    • Failure to observe operating procedures for cleaning and sterilization


After cleaning the instruments and prior to sterilization in an autoclave, lubricate all movable parts. If the instruments are to be sterilized in vapor, the use of an authorized water-soluble lubricant is recommended (in accordance with the instructions attached to the instrument.)


Sterilization guidelines compliant with the relevant national regulations should be adhered to. Proper parameters regarding the sterilization time, temperature, and pressure should be taken from the instruction provided by the sterilization equipment manufacturer.

All instruments must be properly cleaned before being placed in the autoclave. Next, their movable parts, such as locks or hinges, should be lubricated thoroughly. Use lubricants recommended in the user's manual enclosed with each AED instrument. Do not use industrial oils. Always sterilize equipment in their open position. It is recommended to wrap instruments in a cloth and then place them in the container or to spread the cloth on the bottom of the container so that it absorbs humidity. The cloth should be of neutral pH (7) and free of any detergent residue. Before application, leave the instrument to cool down freely to room temperature. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on vapor autoclave operation and loading.

Important Notice

The drawings in the catalog are made to a 1:1 scale and pictures to a 1:2 scale. In other cases, it will be specified next to the presented instrument. AED reserves the right to modify or change specifications at its own discretion.

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AED arthroscopes incorporate the unique Tri-Opt Lens System, producing one of the brightest, flattest, sharpest, edge-to-edge images in the industry. All AED arthroscopes are steam autoclavable for ease of sterile processing.

5727A 2.7mm x 0 Degree
5727W 2.7mm x 25 Degree
5727B 2.7mm x 30 Degree
5727F 2.7mm x 45 Degree
5727C 2.7mm x 70 Degree

5700A 4mm x 0 Degree
5700W 4mm x 25 Degree
5700B 4mm x 30 Degree
5700F 4mm x 45 Degree
5700C 4mm x 70 Degree

C-Mount Video Arthroscope
5700A-V 4mm x 0 Degree
5700W-V 4mm x 25 Degree
5700B-V 4mm x 30 Degree
5700F 4mm x 45 Degree
5700C 4mm x 70 Degree

Snap Mount Video Arthroscope
5700A-S 4mm x 0 Degree
5700W-S 4mm x 25 Degree
5700B-S 4mm x 30 Degree
5700F-S 4mm x 45 Degree
5700C-S 4mm x 70 Degree

For your ordering convenience, please specify the letter designation of the desired manufacturers sheath mount:

  • Dyonics® - D
  • Storz® - SZ
  • Wolf® - WF
  • Stryker® 377-477 - S7
  • Stryker® 366 - S6
  • Stryker® 344 - S4
  • Linvatec® Snapmount New - LN
  • Linvatec® Standard - L
  • Olympus® - O

  • Adaptable to all major manufacturer's instrumentation - consistent high quality images from one source manufacturer.
  • Autoclavable - enables user convenience and avoids repairs from accidental autoclaving.
  • Upgrade - use our replacement exchange program.
  • Unparalleled images - wide field of view and the sharpest edge-to-edge images in the industry.
  • Warranty - three years from any manufacturer's defects.
  • Light post adaptable to any major manufacturer's fiber optic cable.

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Inflow Irrigation Cannulas

17-1796 Inflow Cannula Ø 4mm

17-1797 Trocar for 15-1796 Triangular

17-1798 Obturator for 15-1796

Infusion Adapter for 15-1796

17-1791 Inflow Cannula Small Ø 3mm

17-1792 Trocar for 15-1791 Triangular

17-1793 Obturator for 15-1791 Blunt

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Sheaths, Trocars

17-1765 Arthroscope Shaft, 2.7mm, 2 Turnable Stop Cocks
17-1766 Arthroscope Shaft, 2.7mm, 2 Turnable Stop Cocks, Short Version
17-1770 Arthroscope Shaft, 4mm, 2 Turnable Stop Cocks

17-1785 Arthroscope Shaft, 2.7mm, 2 Rigid Stop Cocks
17-1767 Arthroscope Shaft, 4mm, 2 Rigid Stop Cocks
17-1768 Arthroscope Shaft, 1.9mm, 2 Rigid Stop Cocks

17-1790-27 Arthroscope Shaft, 2.7mm, 1 Rigid Stop Cock
17-1775 Arthroscope Shaft, 4mm, 1 Rigid Stop Cock

17-1795-27 Arthroscope Shaft, 2.7mm, 1 Turnable Stop Cock
17-1780 Arthroscope Shaft, 4mm, 1 Turnable Stop Cock

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Leg Holders

17-1780LH Leg Holder

17-1790LH Leg Holder

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17-1826 Needle Electrode, 90° Angled, 1.5mm

17-1827 Needle Holder, 90° Angled, 4mm

17-1828 Knife Electrode, 45° Angled

17-1829 Needle Electrode, 45° Angled

17-1831 Hook Electrode, 90° Angled

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Hand Instruments

17-1800 Hook Knife, Knurled Handle
17-1805 Knife, Angled Cutting Edge at 45°
17-1810 Meniscotome, Sharp and Hard Cutting Edge
17-1815 Banana Knife, Smooth and Curved Blade
17-1820 Scalpel Knife
17-1825 Hook Probe, Angled 90° Degrees Working End
17-1830 Banana Knife Serrated Cutting Edges
17-1835 Spoon Curette, 3mm Diameter of Element, 30° Angled
17-1840 Ring Curette, 3mm Diameter of Sharp Cutting Ring
17-1845 Knife 3mm Cutting Edge, Straight Serrated Blade

17-1801 Handle Only 125mm

17-1802 Probe Graduated 2.5mm
17-1804 Scalpel Knife
17-1806 Banana Knife Smooth
17-1807 Banana Knife Toothed
17-1809 Meniscotome 5mm Straight Edge
17-1811 Meniscotome 7mm Round Edge
17-1812 Hook Knife 90°
17-1813 Knife 45°
17-1814 Ring Curette 3mm Diameter
17-1817 Sickle Knife
17-1818 Bayonet Knife
17-1819 Knife Toothed Straight
17-1821 Knife, Toothed Curved 30° Left
17-1822 Knife, Toothed Curved 30° Right
17-1823 Spoon 3mm Diameter, Curved 30°
17-1824 Hook Probe Pointed
17-1802DK Probe Graduated 2.5mm
17-1804DK Scalpel Knife
17-1806DK Banana Knife Smooth
17-1807DK Banana Knife Toothed
17-1809DK Meniscotome 5mm Straight Edge
17-1811DK Meniscotome 7mm Round Edge
17-1812DK Hook Knife 90°
17-1813DK Knife 45°
17-1814DK Ring Curette 3mm Diameter
17-1817DK Sickle Knife
17-1818DK Bayonet Knife
17-1819DK Knife Toothed Straight
17-1821DK Knife, Toothed Curved 30° Left
17-1822DK Knife, Toothed Curved 30° Right
17-1823DK Spoon 3mm Diameter, Curved 30°
17-1824DK Hook Probe Pointed

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Grasping Forceps

17-1850 Heavy Duty Arthroscopic Grasping Forceps

17-1855 Grasping Forceps 3.4mm Tube Diameter
17-1856 Spoon Forceps 3.4mm Ø

17-1860 Axial Grasping Forceps, Straight Working Element
17-1865 Axial Grasping Forceps, Right Curved Working Element
17-1870 Axial Grasping Forceps, Left Curved Working Element

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AED Endoscopes

Instructions For Use

The AED line of rigid Arthroscopes is indicated to provide illumination and visualization in diagnostic and operative endoscopic procedures.
For the purposes of these instructions, arthroscopes (autoclavable and non-autoclavable) are referred to collectively as scopes.

Warnings & Cautions
WARNING: Scopes not identified as "autoclavable" cannot be exposed to temperatures exceeding 60°C (140°F).

WARNING: High energy radiated light emitted from illuminating fiber at the distal end of the scope may give rise to temperatures exceeding 41°C (within 8mm in front of the scope). Do not leave tip of scope in direct contact with patient tissue or combustible materials, as burns may result. Lower the light source output when working in close proximity to the object.

CAUTION: Medical scopes are delicate instruments and must be handled carefully.

CAUTION: To prevent potential safety hazard to the patient caused by accidental loss of function of the device (i.e., front-end damage by surgical instruments), it is recommended to have an additional sterile "stand-by" device during surgical procedures.

Note: When scopes are used with laser equipment, appropriate filtering spectacles must be worn by the operating team. In some cases, a specific filter must be put between the scope and camera head to prevent camera damage by high-power laser radiation. Contact your laser supplier for details.

To prevent scope damage by high-power laser radiation, always ensure that the laser delivery fiber is seen through the scope and not directed at the scope before energizing the laser.

Note: When using HF surgical equipment, keep the working part of the active electrode in the field of view to avoid accidental HF burns. Avoid contact with metal parts of the scope and other conductive accessories by ensuring before activation of the HF output that the active electrode is at a sufficient distance from the tip of the scope. Ensure that only medical electrical equipment that complies with IEC 601-1 and its relative particular standards is connected to, or used in, conjunction with the scope.

Note: Please retain the original scope packaging materials for future shipping. Failure to ship the scope in adequate protective packaging will void the warranty.

Note: To comply with IEC-601-2-18 standard requirements for BF-type and CF-type equipment, the following conditions must be met:

  • For direct view scopes, the light cable must provide electrical isolation from the light source.
  • For videoscopes, both the light cable and camera head must provide electrical isolation from the light source and camera contral unit, respectively.
Note: Any mechanical manipulation of the eyepiece may result in seal breakage; therefore, do not attempt to remove the eyepiece.

Note: After autoclaving an autoclavable scope, do not immerse the hot scope in cold water or liquid. Forced cooling can cause damamge to the scope and will void the warranty.

Operating and Maintenance Instructions
Assembly: The following is the mechanical assemply procedure for AED Arthroscopes

Instructions For Use

Check the scope light post to make sure that it is clean prior to use. If used, remove the Storz light post adapter to effectively clean the light post (refer to the cleaning instructions.)

Select the appropriate light post adapter and screw it onto the scope light post.

For videoscopes:

  • Check that the o-ring located at the base of the mounting threads is in place and undamaged.
  • Check that the proximal window is clean.
  • Screw the scope onto the desired camera head in a clockwise direction, hand tightening only, until the scope base is firmly seated against the camera flange.
Note: To avoid fogging during surgery, the rear portion of the scope must be entirely free of moisture before attachment to either the camera head or camera coupler.

Note: Although it is recommended that a videoscope remains assembled to the camera head to prevent image degradation due to flogging and cleanliness issues, it is also recommended that the videoscope be removed periodically for cleaning of the threads to prevent corrosion resulting from galvanic reaction.

Reprocessing Cleaning Instructions

The AED line of rigid Arthroscopes should be cleaned with a neutral pH solution recommended for reprocessing of medical endoscopes, prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. Any light post adapters must be removed prior to cleaning. Thoroughly clean all surfaces of the scope and adapter, allowing for any recommended soak time. Thoroughly rinse the scope and adapter to completely remove the cleaning solution. Dry and reassemble the adapter to the scope.

The scope has three optical surgaces that must be thoroughly cleaned and checked routinely to ensure both maximum transmission of illumination and a high-quality image. These area:

  • The distal tip
  • The proximal window or eyepiece
  • The fiber optic light post
Recommended cleaning steps:
  1. Scrub each optical surface mentioned above with a 4x4 gauze pad soaked in an enzymatic solution to break-down organic material. Rinse thoroughly with distilled water.
  2. Repeat Step 1 with a 4x4 gauze pad soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Rinse thoroughly with distilled water.
  3. Repeat Step 1 with a 4x4 gauze pad soaked in an acetone. Rinse thoroughly with distilled water.
  4. Relfect light off all optical surfaces to detect any remaining foreign material or scratches that may degrade image quality.
    AED Arthroscopes

    Note: Do not use any ultrasonic cleaning methods. The energy transmitted through fluid cavitation will damage seals and optical surfaces and will void the warranty.

    Note: The extreme heat from steam autoclaving will cause foreign materials left on these optical surfaces to harden and discolor. Any foreign matter remaining on the distal tip will reduce image quality and may lead to a completely obscured picture.

    Foreign matter remaining on the fiber surface of the light post after cleaning may tend to burn and discolor the surface when exposed to a high intensity light source.

    AED scopes should be sterilized in approved containers (such as AED sterilization trays) which are designed to secure the instruments in place while allowing preoper circulation of the sterilant medium.

    Wrapping the scope (as a means of securing it in an unapproved container) is not acceptable as contaminates from the wrap (e.g., a towel) may remain as soils on the scope.

    Videoscopes and Non-Autoclavable Scopes

    Sterilize the scope with Ethylene Oxied (EtO) gas or soak in chemical sterilant.

    1. Gas Sterilization (100% EtO)
      Follow standard hospital procedure maintaining the following parameters:
      - Temperature: 126°+5°F (50°C)
      - Relative Humidity: 35-70%
      - Gas Concentration: ~736mg/I
      - Exposure Time: 60 minutes
      - Aeration: 12 hours minimum
      Note: These parameters have been validated to ensure sterility. Sterilizer functioning should be monitored at regular intervals with biological indicators to ensure products have been subjected to sterilization conditions.

    2. Chemical Sterilization and Steris™ Process
      AED scopes are immersible and should be sterilized using the process obtained from the individual chemical manufacturer. AED scopes are materially compatible with the Steris process. Videoscopes are designed to be used with soakable, solid-state video cameras. It is recommended to immerse the videoscope and camera head as an assembled unit. Care must be taken to ensure that the attachment is secure. This watertight seal will eliminate the danger of the lenses fogging during use. The scope or joined videoscope/camera head unit should be rinsed after soaking with sterile water and dried with a sterile cloth. Do not break the seal.
    Autoclavable Scopes
    CAUTION: Only scopes marked "autoclavable" can be steam autoclaved. With the exception of these scopes which have bene designed specifically for auto-clavability, scopes cannot be steam autoclaved. Steam autoclaving scopes not specifically deisgned for this purpose would permanently damamge the optical components and void the warranty. Do not expose these scopes to temperatures exceeding 60°C (140°F).

    CAUTION: Before autoclaving, ensure that exposed optical surfaces of the scope (distal tip and proximal window) are thoroughly clean and free of residue. Also, extreme heat from the high intensity light source will cause debris on the light post to discolor, burn, and harden. Failure to clean the scope prior to autoclaving may result in permanent damage to the optical surfaces.

    Instructions For Use

    1. Autoclave Wrapped
      Follow standard hospital procedures for pre-vacuum methods at 270°-275°F (132°-135°C) for 10 minutes, or for gravity methods at 270°-275°F (132°-135°C) for 15 minutes.

    2. Gas sterilization (100% EtO)
      - Temperature: 126°+5°F (50°C)
      - Relative Humidity: 35-70%
      - Gas Concentration: ~736mg/I
      - Exposure Time: 60 minutes
      - Aeration: 12 hours minimum
    Note: These parameters have been validated to ensure sterility. Sterilizer functioning shold be monitored at regular intervals with biological indicators to ensure products have been subjected to sterilization conditions.

    Note: After autoclaving an autoclavable scope, do not immerse the hot scope in cold water or liquid. Forced cooling can cause damage to the scope.

    Storage: AED scopes should be stored with the plastic tip covering the distal end. This will preserve optics by protecting the delicate needle portion. The scope and accessories should be stored either in their shipping box or in a sterilization tray. In either case, proper care should be taken to ensure that the scope is immobile to prevent any damage.

    Scope Repair Program
    The AED Scope Repair Program ensures optimal instrument quality by utilizing original equipment components and factory workmanship. All repairs are performed under full compliance with GMP guidelines. We make every reasonable effort to complete evaluations and repairs in just a few days to minimize your instrument downtime. Modifications or repairs performed by persons not specifically authorized by AED will void the warranty.

    In the US, please call Customer Service at 818-227-2720 for a Return Authorization Number.

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