Surgical lubricant

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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.

Surgilube is a surgical lubricant made of natural water-soluble gums that also contains the antiseptic Chlorhexidine Gluconate.

K-Y Jelly was initially used as a medical/surgical lubricant before it gained popularity as a personal lubricant.

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[edit]

Medicinal Castor oil was the original vegetable-based surgical lubricant.[1]


  1. ^ Gallant, A. E. (1897). "Report upon the Use of a Mixture of Castor oil and Balsam of Peru as a Surgical Dressing". Annals of Surgery 26 (3): 329–339. PMC 1425429. PMID 17860484.