What is An Influencer?

Our #OCCInfluencer’s primary focus is to inspire others on their weight loss journeys and educate people who are interested in bariatric surgery. By posting your story, tips, trials, non-scale victories, and more. Authentically document your journey and reveal to others what life is really like after bariatric surgery.

What Does Being an Influencer Entail?

Our current influencers have their own social media accounts dedicated to tracking and documenting their progress in the journey to weight loss and enhanced health. People need support at every stage in the weight loss journey process and that’s what this community is all about.

Share Your Inspirational Journey

You will share every part of your journey to a new life and engage and inspire others along the way. Influencers will do social media takeovers by going Live on the OCC Instagram and Facebook accounts, posting stories and Reels, and sharing their unique perspective about their bariatric surgery experience.

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Why Should You Become an #OCCINFLUENCER?

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision, and for some people, it can be very challenging to make the decision to start a new life. By being an #OCCInfluencer and documenting each part of your journey and talking about your firsthand experiences, you open yourself up to a whole new community of supporters.


  • A shareable discount code for supplements.
  • Access to a private Facebook group just for influencers.
  • Customizable graphics you can use on social media.
  • A badge you can add to your Facebook profile picture, showing that you’re an #OCCInfluencer.
  • Helpful text and tips you can use to share your OCC story.
  • Cross-promotion with OCC and Dr. Ortiz.
  • And much more!

Want to be an #OCCINFLUENCER? Here’s how…

If you want to help others experience the life-changing benefits of bariatric surgery, sign up now! Do you have a unique perspective to share and feel inspired to help others? The #OCCInfluencer program may be perfect for you.

OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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