EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Michigan State University healthcare team welcomes an outstanding new orthopedic surgeon to their team.
Toufic Jildeh, an Okemos native who is completing his fellowship at the Steadman Clinic/Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Colorado, will practice at MSU Health Care Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center beginning later this month.
Jildeh received the prestigious O’Donoghue Sports Injury Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine for her work in researching non-opioid treatment plans for recovering patients.
The study was conducted in Detroit from February 2019 to January 2020. Jildeh and her team tracked the recovery progress of a group of patients recovering from ACL surgery who were prescribed a multimodal range of medications, such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. , instead of opioids.
Patients in the study were asked to keep a comprehensive diary of their day-to-day recovery, such as whether they were experiencing pain or discomfort.
“We found that our non-narcotic protocol had equivalent or better results than the narcotic protocol, with 100 percent patient satisfaction,” Jildeh said. “In our minds, it was a huge success. We got around the addiction burden without compromising too much.
The results of the study were positive, giving Jildeh hope that there is potential for non-opioid recovery pathways to become more standardized.
“There is a lot of information that has not yet been discovered. My ultimate goal, and what I hope will be my career’s work, is to develop personal pain controls for patients that completely eliminate the use of narcotics, improve outcomes, and help them stay through physical therapy and to return to sport more quickly,” said Jildeh. “This opioid-free protocol is a big step in the right direction.”
Jildeh said many people who find themselves addicted to opioids had their first experience with the drug after it was prescribed while recovering from surgery. Multiple factors make them extremely addictive.
“There are many reasons why these narcotics are so addictive. One element is to forget the feeling of pain, the other is that it releases a hormone that makes you feel good, like eating a really good meal or falling in love,” Jildeh said. “As we know, this can lead to disastrous results in people’s lives.”
Jildeh’s role at MSU will see him take on multiple responsibilities. Not only will he work as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, but Jildeh will also serve as a team physician for MSUs Athletics.
“My job at MSU will be three-fold. First there is my clinical practice, then I will be an assistant professor where I will teach the next generation of surgeons and, excitingly, I will take on the role of team physician for MSU Athletics. It involves doing everything I can to make sure the athletes are in top shape,” Jildeh said.
He also works as a team doctor for the US Olympic Ski and Snowboard Team.
“My job is to make sure everyone is healthy,” Jildeh said,
Growing up in the Okemos area, Jildeh couldn’t be happier to return to her old playground.
He has many treasured memories from attending Spartan football and basketball games. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from MSU.
“I am delighted to return to my home community. While here, I will work to advance the field of orthopedic surgery. I really want to make it a center of medical excellence.