Dehydration is sometimes a problem for patients in the first few weeks or months after gastric bypass surgery, when it can be difficult to take in enough fluids. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe, and the condition can become very serious, even deadly, without medical intervention.
Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Dry skin
- Decreased urination – going at least eight hours without urinating
- Urine is a darker color than usual
If you have symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, you need to hydrate yourself right away. If you are unable to drink and keep down several glasses of water, you need to call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.
Symptoms of severe dehydration, requiring immediate medical attention, include:
- Low blood pressure, which can cause dizziness or fainting
- Extreme thirst
- Rapid heart beat
- Rapid breathing
- Lack of sweating, even in hot weather
- Little or no urination
- Eyes appear sunken
- Skin does not “bounce back” if pinched lightly
If you have symptoms of severe dehydration, you need to go to the nearest emergency room right away. If no one is available to drive you there, call 911.