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.
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
Indications for medical lubricants
- Sjogren's syndrome, specifically for treating vaginal dryness, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and vulvodynia (vaginal pain)
- 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 . PMID 17860484.
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