Successful Reconstruction After Losing TE's to Infection?
So I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with TE's at the very beginning of January. My incisions were not healing due to some necrotic tissue on both sides and possible infection, so the TE's were removed on Feb. 1st and the incisions revised. I have since learned that reconstruction with TE's has a crazy-high infection rate (around 31%). I really wish I had known that beforehand, to temper my expectations that everything would go smoothly. I now, obviously, know otherwise.
My question is, can those who have lost TE's to infection during the reconstruction process and then gone on to have successful reconstructions share their stories? How did it go when you tried again? Did you still attempt TE's or choose another type of reconstruction? Did you have to wait 6 months to try again? How was your healing the second (or third or more) time around? Any success stories would be helpful, but I'm also interested in hearing from those who chose another path or were not ever successful. I just want to be better prepared the second time around.