The majority of patients that come to Cork Private Breast Clinic will not have cancer.  We offer a full surgical service including treatment for  breast cancer. This section explains the different types of breast cancer surgery.
Lumpectomy
Also known as breast-conserving surgery, this is the removal of only the tumour and a small amount of surrounding tissue.  
Mastectomy
This operation means removal of all of the breast tissue. Mastectomy is more refined and less intrusive than it used to be because in most cases, the muscles under the breast are no longer removed.
Lymph Node Removal
This is also termed axillary lymph node dissection, can take place during lumpectomy and mastectomy if the biopsy shows that breast cancer has spread outside the milk duct. Some people qualify for the less-invasive sentinel lymph node dissection.
Breast Reconstruction
This is the rebuilding of the breast after mastectomy and sometimes lumpectomy. Reconstruction can take place at the same time as cancer-removing surgery, or months to years later. Some women decide not to have reconstruction and opt for a prosthesis instead.  Prophylactic mastectomy is preventive removal of the breast to lower the risk of breast cancer in high-risk people.
Breast Implants
 A breast implant is a prosthesis used to alter the size and shape of a woman's breasts (known as breast augmentation, breast enlargement, mammoplasty enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty) for cosmetic reasons or to reconstruct the breast (e.g. after a mastectomy or to correct congenital chest wall deformities).

Our specialist surgeons offer expert breast assessment and treatment for breast disease.  The majority of patients that come to Cork Private Breast Clinic will not have cancer.  For those who require further treatment for breast cancer this section explains the different types of breast surgery.

Lumpectomy

Also known as breast-conserving surgery, this is the removal of only the tumour and a small amount of surrounding tissue.  

Mastectomy

This operation means removal of all of the breast tissue. Our surgeons use modern techniques to achieve a cosmetically acceptable along with effective cancer treatment.  Prophylactic mastectomy is the preventive removal of the breast to lower the risk of breast cancer in patients with a very high risk of breast cancer.

Lymph Node Removal

This is also termed axillary lymph node dissection, can take place during lumpectomy and mastectomy if the biopsy shows that breast cancer has spread outside the breast. Some people qualify for the less-invasive sentinel lymph node surgery.

Breast Reconstruction

This is the rebuilding of the breast after mastectomy and sometimes lumpectomy. Reconstruction can take place at the same time as cancer-removing surgery, or months to years later. Some women decide not to have reconstruction and opt for a prosthesis instead.  

Breast Implants 

A breast implant is a prosthesis used to alter the size and shape of a woman's breasts (known as breast augmentation, breast enlargement, mammoplasty enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty) for cosmetic reasons or to reconstruct the breast (e.g. after a mastectomy or to correct congenital chest wall deformities).