Novo Surgical offers premium surgical instrumentation at industry-leading prices to healthcare providers across the globe. Their portfolio includes more than 12,000 instruments across the full range of surgical specialties, including Plastic Surgery, Urology & Proctology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Microsurgery, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), Ophthalmology, Laparoscopic Surgery, Podiatry & Dermatology, Orthopedic, Neurology & Spine, and Arthroscopic Surgery.

Steel & Forgings

The most important factor in determining the durability and build-quality of an instrument is the steel forging, or the rough blank from which an instrument is finished. Novo Surgical instruments are forged primarily in Germany, in the picturesque towns of Tuttlingen and Solingen. While Tuttlingen is well known as the hub for instrument making, Solingen also has a storied history dating back to medieval times as a mecca for blacksmiths and swordsmen. In fact, if you have ever purchased high end cutlery, chances are that it was forged in Solingen. Over the centuries, the town’s expertise expanded into forgings for instruments, and a symbiotic forging-finishing partnership between Solingen and Tuttlingen emerged that still exists today. We partner with some of the city’s oldest and most reputable forging mills, a few of which have been around for more than a century. These mills house dozens of presses stamping out forgings by the thousands daily from surgical grade 300 and 400-series steel. To ensure the integrity of the steel inputs, our quality control team maintains records of steel composition, hardness, boil test and other certificates.


While the forging process is largely automated, surgical instruments are mostly finished by hand. Novo Surgical partners with a network of skilled craftsmen, many of whom belong to families that have apprenticed in the art of instrument making for generations. Working with such experienced craftsmen and established shops ensures that our products conform to the highest quality standards. Our production facilities hold quality certifications ranging from the internationally recognized ISO 13485 to the European Conformity CE declaration. And because the manufacturing base for instrumentation is quite concentrated, many of our craftsmen’s products eventually make it onto the market under dozens of other brand names. Thus, in many cases, you’ll find our instruments are quite literally the exact same ones you’ve been using, finished by the same craftsman hands, and conforming to the same quality standards that you expect. The only difference is the name stamped on the steel.