Eur J Plast Surg (2002) 24:383 DOI 10.1007/s00238-001-0306-z INVITED COMMENTAR Y Wolfgang Vanscheidt Published online: 9 February 2002 © Springer-Verlag 2002 This is a brilliant article that satisfies all that should be required from modern studies in wound healing. Until now it was uncertain whether polarized light benefitted wound healing. However, despite a lack of scientific evidence, polarized light is frequently used in general practice in Europe to improve such healing. This study is the first to prove that polarized light ac- celerates the healing of donor areas of split thickness skin grafts. We all know how painful such donor sites can be and how this pain causes deterioration of the quality of life. One consequence of this study is that I will recom- mend using polarized light for split donor sites in the fu- ture. Even though the situation is totally different in chronic wounds, this scientific work of high quality should encourage us to perform parallel studies on chronic wounds, for instance, in leg ulcers. The effect of physical treatments, such as polarized light therapy, on chronic leg ulcers has to be evaluated in the near future. This commentary refers to the article at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00238-001-0305-0 W. Vanscheidt ( ) Gesundheitspark Höchwand Klinik für Wundbiologie, Panoramastr.11, 79862 Höchenschwand, Germany Tel.: +49-7672-419232, Fax: +49-7672-419200
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2002
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