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Symptoms of Dehydration after Hysterectomy

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What are the signs of dehydration after a hysterectomy?What are the signs of dehydration after a hysterectomy?


It can be easy to get dehydrated when having a hysterectomy. In the days leading up to surgery, you may have been so busy preparing and rushing to finish your to do list that you may not have ate and drank as usual. If you had to do a bowel prep, you probably went into your hysterectomy a bit dehydrated. Since fasting is required the day of surgery, your food and water intake that day was also limited, and it may have been some time after surgery before you were back on a normal diet.

During hysterectomy recovery, you can also become dehydrated if you have a fever or vomiting. Nausea and pain may also keep you from eating and drinking enough. Significant blood loss during surgery and recovery can also be a factor. Medications may also play a role.

Knowing the signs of dehydration can help you recognize them so you can treat them more quickly. Many of them can be the same as several other issues, so it can be a good idea to keep a symptom diary detailing not only your symptoms but how much and what you eat and drink. Being aware can help you follow some do's and don'ts for dehydration so you minimize your risks.

Severe dehydration can cause serious complications and delay healing, so it's important to recognize dehydration early. Symptoms of dehydration
can include the following:
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Brain fog
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry mouth
  • Sticky mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of sweat
  • Decreased urination
  • Dark urine
  • Constipation
  • Feeling tired
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
Water is important for your hysterectomy recovery, so if you notice you have signs of dehydration you need to increase your fluid intake and call your doctor. If your dehydration is severe, you may need to go in for some IV fluids to help you get back on track quicker.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-21-2015 - 05:07 PM


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