Miss Tania Cubison is one of a very small number of female plastic surgeons in the South East of England. She is a fully accredited Consultant Plastic surgeon and was awarded the McGregor Gold Medal in her FRCS (Plast) examination.
Miss Cubison is a general plastic surgeon with a specialist interest in burn care, scar revision and lower limb reconstruction. She is a Military plastic surgeon who first came to East Grinstead as a junior doctor in 1996 and is now an Honorary Consultant for the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS trust.
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Miss Cubison is one of a small number of Regular Army plastic surgeons. She has an operational role so will occasionally be deployed overseas, although this is very unlikely to be at short notice.
Miss Cubison trained in general plastic surgery at East Grinstead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Stoke Mandeville and the Royal Hospital Haslar. She underwent fellowships in Aesthetic Surgery, Burns, and Microsurgery, and visited overseas units including USA and Japan. She has undertaken a significant amount of clinical research, has published a number of papers and book chapters on burns and scarring, and has presented her work at many National and International clinical conferences.
As a fully trained Burns Consultant, Miss Cubison works within a multidisciplinary team to manage the complex issues associated with burn injury, caring for patients from the time of their initial injury, through the healing phase, to rehabilitation and reconstruction. She specialises in children’s burns and uses the most up to date techniques of hydrosurgery, biological dressings and cell culture to supplement more conventional burn management to achieve the best care possible. Burn scars are a very difficult problem for many patients and Miss Cubison is able to offer a number of techniques to improve the functional, aesthetic and psychological impact of scars. Miss Cubison is currently developing resurfacing techniques to re-colour areas of hypopigmentation (pale patches).
Miss Cubison regularly works with orthopaedic colleagues to provide combined care for difficult lower limb fractures and other leg injuries. She uses a wide range of procedures from skin grafting and propeller flaps, to complex microsurgical techniques, providing both skin cover and reconstruction of tendons such as the Achilles tendon or patella tendon.
As a military plastic surgeon, Miss Cubison has considerable experience and expertise in the management of amputations, both primary amputation and also secondary problems associated with amputation stumps. To get the best out of a prosthetic limb it is important that the patient has a comfortable, well fitted stump, without problems such as abnormal bone or neuroma (abnormal nerve growth formation). All these things can be very difficult yo work around simply by changing the prosethetics and often a surgical approach is necessary. Miss Cubison works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to manage problems with amputation stumps and works closely with pain management specialists, psychologists and prosthetic limb fitting specialists, as well as a variety of physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure that the patient can get back 'on-legs' as soon as practical. This is a very specialised service and highly tailored to the individual.
As a general plastic surgeon Miss Cubison offers a wide range of procedures including breast reduction and augmentation, abdominoplasty and pinnaplasty. Miss Cubison is a qualified LASER practitioner with a BTEC Advanced Award in Skin Laser Technology, Treatment and Applications, she is able to offer a variety of treatments for skin lesions including conventional surgery and LASER.
Miss Cubison is married with two children and can sometimes be spotted face painting at a school fete or playing the Euphonium in the scratch orchestra!