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How long after an orthopedic surgery can an infection develop?
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Few days
Most show signs of infection within the first few days.
Sometimes it get be much longer before the infection really takes hold. Its important to monitor a wound closely and aggressively treat any siigns of early infection with antibiotics asap.

In brief: Few days
Most show signs of infection within the first few days.
Sometimes it get be much longer before the infection really takes hold. Its important to monitor a wound closely and aggressively treat any siigns of early infection with antibiotics asap.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Martin Raff
Hopefully the area involved will be carefully assessed for extent of involvement, and cultured appropriately before initiating antibiotic therapy. There is seldom a need for immediate initiation of antibiotics, and I agree with Dr. Sider that ASAP is a good approach as long as the potential for masking severe infection is taken into account.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Orthopedic infection
I have seen infections start within days to many years later. Obviously the most common time is 2-3 days postop.

In brief: Orthopedic infection
I have seen infections start within days to many years later. Obviously the most common time is 2-3 days postop.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Dr. Bruce Prager
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Infection
It can occur early from a wound infection, or later from infection spread from elsewhere in the body, i.
e. Hematogenous.

In brief: Infection
It can occur early from a wound infection, or later from infection spread from elsewhere in the body, i.
e. Hematogenous.
Dr. John Michalski
Dr. John Michalski
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