The Doctor’s Community Hospital is currently offering a series of free Bariatric surgery and weight loss lectures during the 2017 calendar year.

Dr. Hitesh Amin, board-certified surgeon and medical director, Bariatric and Weight Loss Center, will head the lecture series. The series is open to the public, and anyone wishing to attend whether they have military insurance our other wise, may use it as another resource to have at their disposal.

During the lectures, Dr. Amin will touch on various ways to lose weight starting from simple changes in diet, exercise or having some sort of medical supervision by a primary physician or weight loss doctor.

Amin stressed the primary focus will be on surgical weight loss options because most of his patients are interested in surgery.

“Our focus at the Bariatric and Weight Loss Center is to help patients who have all levels of overweight obesity,” Amin said. “For those who are not interested or don’t meet the criteria for surgery, we can lead them to a medical physician, specialist or dietician to help them with any dietary challenges. We cover everything, but we focus a little bit more on surgery.”

Amin, a general surgeon, explained the technological advances in modern surgery and assures a dramatic cut in patient recovery time.

“We have the latest generation daVinci® robot which we purchased and installed here at the center last month,” Amin said. “The benefit behind using the robot allows for better visualization inside of the abdomen, and it technically increases my capabilities. I’m able to do more surgeries without opening the abdomen, which allows me to keep a minimally invasive approach in this type of surgery.”

According to Amin, Bariatric surgery is the only scientifically proven way to have patients who are morbidly obese lose weight. He said simple diet, exercise and weight management may be limited to five to 10 percent of patients getting fit. He believes that 90 percent of patients will not be successful in losing weight under these programs once their weight gets too high.

“We have very consistent and reliable results,” Amin said. “Now, weight loss surgery is basically as safe as any other type of surgery.”

Active-duty service members and veterans who use the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital are accepted at the Bariatric and Weight Loss Center. Amin noted many dependents covered by Tricare receive care at the center.

The following lecture dates are available at Doctors Community Hospital: Jan. 27, Feb. 6, Feb. 24, March 6, March 24, April 3, April 28, May 1, May 26, June 5, June 28, July 3, July 28, August 7, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, October 2, Oct. 27, November 6, Nov. 17, December 4 and Dec. 22. All lectures are set for 9 a.m. The Doctors Community Hospital is located at 8116 Good Luck Rd., Suite 210 in Lanham.