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
W. Vanscheidt (
Gesundheitspark Höchwand Klinik für Wundbiologie,
Panoramastr.11, 79862 Höchenschwand, Germany
Tel.: +49-7672-419232, Fax: +49-7672-419200
Eur J Plast Surg (2002) 24:383
The effect of polarized light on wound healing (1999 EURAPS paper)
Published online: 9 February 2002
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