How long after an orthopedic surgery can an infection develop?

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.
Orthopedic infection. I have seen infections start within days to many years later. Obviously the most common time is 2-3 days postop.
Infection. It can occur early from a wound infection, or later from infection spread from elsewhere in the body, i.e. Hematogenous.

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