Surgical Site Infection (SSI) FAQs

How long after surgery can you get an infection?

An infection can develop weeks or even months after a surgical procedure, depending on the location and cause of the infection.

Can you get sepsis a month after surgery?

Yes, it is possible to develop sepsis (a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection) weeks or months after surgery if an infection goes untreated.

How long does it take for a surgical site infection to occur?

The timeline can vary. Some infections occur immediately after the procedure, while others may take weeks or months to manifest.

What is the most common surgical site infection?

Skin infections around the surgical incision site are the most common type.

How do I know if I have an internal infection after surgery?

Signs include fever, increasing pain or tenderness at the surgical site, redness, swelling, drainage from the incision, and general illness.

Can a wound get infected after a month?

Yes, surgical wounds can become infected even after a month has passed.

What are the signs of sepsis?

Common signs include high fever, chills, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, confusion or disorientation, and extreme pain or illness.

How long before an infection turns to sepsis?

The timeline varies depending on the infection type, severity, and the patient’s overall health. Prompt medical attention is crucial if signs of infection are present.

Can an old incision get infected?

Yes, even old surgical incisions can become infected, especially if proper wound care is not followed or if there is an underlying issue.