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Dr. Robert Dunbar

Orthopedic Surgery
Seattle, WA
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

325 9th Ave Ste 6EC21, Seattle, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Medicaid

Medicare

Molina Healthcare

Premera Blue Cross

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

About

Bio

I am an orthopaedic surgeon with specialized training in trauma and fracture care. I work at Harborview Medical Center, a busy level I trauma center in Seattle, affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

60 Answers
12 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
A few days: Rib fractures are often indicators of chest wall trauma and may be associated with lung problems. Open fractures of the arm (humerus in the upper arm... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, there's not enough information to figure out exactly what's going on here. Just the same, hopefully i can offer a few thoughts. If your... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
There's : There's really not enough information to answer this question. Just the same "something neurological" really isn't a diagnosis and more investigation ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
What is upper leg?: Before answering this question, it would be better to define what exactly is meant by the term "upper leg". Orthopaedic surgeons (and others) typicall... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
It's : It's not unusual to have an increase in swelling for a few days after an injury and this may be accentuated by any manipulation that your doctor did t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
It : It sort of depends on where the fracture is, but this is a somewhat unusual situation. We typically do not advocate surgery for (what sounds like) a n... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: There are various types of oi, as i imagine you are aware. Some types are worse than others and respond better or worse to treatment. Bisphosphona... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
A few possibilities: A persistent hip problem can cause referred pain to the knee on the same side. You may be more active now that your hip is improved, unmasking what... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Hard to tell.: While a so-called "avulsion fracture" of the cubiod may represent just a small piece of bone pulled from the native cuboid, it's difficult for me to t... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See Ortho Hip MD: There are different potential causes for your discomfort. At 56, you may be startingto get some degenerative changes (arthritis) in your hip. Alternat... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Chest trauma: The scapula is the medical name for the shoulder blade. The scapula bone is extremely thin & may fracture after any significant chest wall trauma. If ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Fracture pain is variable, depending on patient factors, the amount of energy absorbed and the displacement of the fracture. It's often fairly persist... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
ORIF: O.R.I.F. Or open reduction and internal fixation is when an orthopedic surgeon identifies the fracture fragments (with open surgery), then places the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
More nonoperatively: In ancient, medieval & even colonial times, there were bone setters who treated fractures. Open fractures were often treated with amputations, though... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Joint Surgery: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain : Pain can come from a lot of sources. Stiffness can cause pain as you reach the limits of your lessened arc of motion. Weakness can also be a source of... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
So, : So, the short answer is, "yes", such procedures are done for folks who have significant functional impairment. The longer answer is that this can be a... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not an emergency: If you are feeling better, it may be reasonable to hold off on a surgery. Do not be pressured into this. Consider a second opinion if necessary.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes.: While your fracture has been fixated with an implant construct, your bones have not yet healed. It is absolutely possible to loosen the implant during... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Surgery, not always: Operative stabilization of femoral shaft fractures has been shown to improve overall outcome in most cases. This is dependent upon the patient being ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Bone pulled off: An avulsion fracture is typically a small break in the bone that is caused by the pull of a ligament or tendon that is attached to the bone. This is u... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Might be more: What makes you sure that this is simply a so-called sprain? There may be more involved. Does your knee lock or catch in any specific motion or positio... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: A leg fracture could mean any number of many things. It would depend on what is broken, how displaced the fracture is, what your bone quality is, as w... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
I : I agree with dr. Weinzapfel. Still, one thing to remember is that while you saw the fracture on the x-rays and that is dramatic, it is the entire fore... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies widely: Sorry to hear about your fracture! if treated non-operatively, as many humeral shaft fractures are, most folks tend to feel significantly better wi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Standard of care: Intramedullary rodding or nailing (imn) has become the standard of care for most femoral and tibial shaft fractures. While no surgery is without ri... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
The : The simple answer is "no", we cannot do this over the internet with as little information as we have. Your history of 2 falls from a bicycle (or motor... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
If : If you are continuing to experience symptoms that affect you or your ability to to return to the level of function you had prior to the injury, it mig... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Tendon : Tendon transfers are well described for treating muscular imbalances in the foot and ankle. They are not only for the hands and upper extremities. An ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
It : It completely depends on what was fractured but it may very well be possible that this heals with out surgery or even a cast. Small fractures of the r... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Removing fluid: Arthrocentesis usually involves inserting a needle into the joint to remove fluid. This may be done to remove a hematoma or to investigate the fluid t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rot... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
I agree but . . . : Femur is the largest and strongest bones in the body. Other than the femoral head at the hip, the blood supply is pretty good. If well stabilized (the... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Nothing.: Broken and fractured are the same thing.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Wow: The proximal tibiofibular joint is where the top (knee end) of the two bone in the lower leg come together. The it is the tibia, not the fibula that a... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Many: Symptoms of broken bones include pain upon touching the affected area, deformity of the limb segment, loss of function or motion, swelling, inability ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain, function loss: An xray will confirm a fracture, but if you have had a significant trauma and you have pain specific to a certain area, with a visible and/or palpable... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
One : One common area from where bone marrow biopsies are taken from is the iliac crest. The ilium is one of the bones in the pelvis and between the outer a... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Ligament surgery : Posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) reconstruction is surgery to replace (not repair) the ligament that keeps the leg from translating backwards behind ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain, loss of motion: I agree with my colleague who has already provided an answer, but there are some symptoms that while not specific, might point you in the direction of... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
I agree, it depends: This depends on several factors, age (kids heal much more quickly than adults), whether the fracture is widely displaced - suggests greater disruption... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Remove disease: Of course, each joint is different, but a classic example of what you are asking about is a knee arthroscopy the removes any loose or torn cartilage, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Fractures that come through the skin are treated like emergencies, to minimize the risk of infection. Closed fractures are best placed into a reas... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Sometimes: Open fractures, in which the fracture comes through the skin are commonly the result of high energy injuries. These injuries often cause stripping of ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Loss of sensation in the far end of the extremities can be related to underlying medical diseases like diabetes and problems that affect blood supply ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
While : While a more thorough evaluation by a physician (like an orthopaedic surgeon or someone trained in sports medicine) would be more likely to give you a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
When : When you have such a problem in both arms, some consideration should be given to there being a a single problem at a point in your body at which it co... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
I suppose: Genu simply knee and valgus is the deformity that means the lower part (toward the ankle) is jutting to the outside. I believe that this is the more s... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Torn knee cartilage: You don't have to be a football hero to get a torn meniscus in your knee. The menisci are the rubbery semi-circular cartilage structures that cushion ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be active: Start with low impact exervcises, such as tai chi or similar activities. Having a diet that is well balanced and includes enough calcium is quite i... Read More

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Apr 10, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Dunbar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Dunbar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Hospital For Special Surgery

Residency

Westchester Medical Center

Residency

Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , First Place, Washington - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
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