Surgical lubricant

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Surgical lubricants, or medical lubricants, are substances used by health care providers to provide lubrication and lessen discomfort to the patient during certain medical and surgical procedures such as vaginal or rectal examinations.

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 surgical lubricant before it gained popularity as a personal lubricant.

Currently a variety of non-irritating substances are used as 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]

Indications for medical lubricants[edit]


  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 1425429Freely accessible. PMID 17860484.