French Society of Orthopedic Pediatriqu FSOP - SOFOP Societe Francaise d'Orthopedie Pediatrique
Created at the end of the 1970s, CREPO, quickly replaced by the Pediatric Orthopedic Study Group (GEOP), responded to the demand for orthopedists who engaged in an exclusive specialization in pediatrics, in the wake of a few illustrious precursors: Jean-Gabriel Pous (Montpellier), Henri Carlioz, Pierre Rigault and Henri Bensahel from Paris, Jean-Marie Bouyala (Marseille). This group, very organized under the leadership of Bernard Glorion, its founder (and 1stPresident in 1983) had a strong desire to educate young people relying in particular on the organization of teaching seminars (the first in Montpellier in 1977 on growth). These seminars were supplemented by various “teaching days” (Palavas Days, Trousseau Days, etc.).
The development in many university hospitals of this sub-specialty that pediatric orthopedics has become, in the form of independent services or pediatric orthopedic units distinct from uroservisceral surgery, was the consequence of a tremendous boom in techniques which were developed in the years 1980 to 2000 (deviations of the spine, lengthening of the limbs, tumors ...) as evidenced by a general review published in 2006 (Rev. Chir. Orthop. 2006, 92, 371-414). This group, the GEOP, which is somewhat hybrid, since it is attached to both the SFCP and SOFCOT, has finally transformed into a full-fledged company, the French Society of Pediatric Orthopedics (SOFOP) in 2005.