Surgical lubricants are substances used by health care providers to provide lubrication and lessen discomfort to the patient during certain medical/surgical procedures such vagina examinations or per rectal examination).
Currently a variety of non-irritating substances are used as medical/surgical lubricants. A prime example is Lignocaine gel containing the local anaesthetic lignocaine.
Vegetable-based surgical lubricants 
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