• Is it normal to be thirsty after surgery?

    Asked by Kalya on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Is it normal to be thirsty after surgery?

    I had surgery two weeks ago, removing part of my colon and some spots on my liver. The wound "de-hissed", and I am now on a wound vac. This is the first surgery ever for me, so I don't know what to expect, but I am finding I could go all day without eating but am quite thirsty. Is that normal? Also, any ideas on when I will feel "good"?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi Kalya - I was enormously thirsty after surgery as well. After surgery, it can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks before you're feeling "normal" again, I find it depends on your level of fitness. Just take it easy, look after yourself, and anything that you're worried about, make sure to ask your doctor about it. xox

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Do you have a ileostomy? If so that may be why your are thirsty. Also the colon is mostly responsible for bringing fluid into your system and of its shorter this may be the cause. Sorry to hear your wound opened up. Those wound vacs are terrific and you will be healed much quicker.

      I would give it 6 weeks postop to feel totally back to normal.

      over 3 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar

      Kayla, I also was on a wound vac after my APR surgery and had to be de-hissed due to a severe post op infection. My appetite also was low and I lost a lot of weight. The pain meds can also make your mouth dry and thirsty. Once your wound starts to heal, you'll slowly get your strength back. Don't rush it and make sure you get plenty of rest. I assume you have a home health care nurse coming in to assist with the wound vac. If you have any concerns you can talk to her or him and they can decide if your Dr needs to be called. My home health nurse saved my life, as she is the one who discovered my infection and made arrangements for me to get to the ER asap. That was over two years ago and all healed up and the wound vac was a true life saver. Blessings!

      over 3 years ago

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