Breast Health Center

Special consultation hour
Mon - Fri 08.00 - 16.00
Tel. +43 (0)50 504 50010

Breast surgery (surgery of the mammary gland) deals with the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the mammary gland.


DGKP Julia Rotter (Breast Care Nurse)
DGKP Ingrid Nößig

The most common surgical disease of the mammary gland is breast carcinoma (breast cancer). In Tyrol about 400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The earlier the tumour is detected, the better the patient's chances of recovery. The surgical treatment of diseases of the mammary gland ranges from the cosmetically unproblematic removal of small lumps in the breast (tumourectomy, breast-conserving surgery) to the radical removal of the entire breast (mastectomy). 

Thanks to constant progress in diagnostics and therapy, about two thirds of all operations - in the case of breast cancer - can now be performed in a breast-conserving manner.

Breast removal is usually only necessary in patients with a particularly large mammary carcinoma in a very advanced stage. In principle, there is the possibility of immediate or even later reconstruction of the breast with the patient's own tissue or a prosthesis. An important role in the surgical treatment of breast cancer is also played by the removal of possibly tumour-infected lymph nodes in the area of the mammary gland by means of sparing biopsies (sentinel lymph node biopsy/sentinel node biopsy) or removal of the axillary lymph nodes (axilla dissection).

The Surgical Breast Center of the University Hospital for Visceral, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery offers

  • individual preventive medical checkups for risk patients
  • interdisciplinary clarification and treatment of all benign and malignant diseases of the mammary gland
  • regular follow-up examinations for breast cancer patients
  • professional support by a highly motivated specialized team
  • day-clinical therapy
  • voluntary participation in scientific studies of the ABCSG (Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group,