This article describes a novel and simple shaft actuated tip articulation (SATA) mechanism that allows arthroscopic instruments to articulate while remaining stiff. Since the SATA mechanism requires only independent rotation of two tubes for hinge articulation, cables, gears, or other internal components that are normally found in steerable endoscopic instruments become obsolete. The SATA mechanism was integrated in a new steerable cutter prototype and tested. Early user, mechanical strength and cadaver experiments were performed that indicate that this first prototype withstands an axial and sideways force of 100 N and 20 N, that trained users can (dis)assemble the instrument in less than 1.5 min and that a surgeon is able to reach all important locations on the menisci.

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