Are you having the surgery for colonic inertia?
The people that tend to lose hair are those that had the disease for ulcerative colitis. We are a group that have generally been very ill for some time before we opted for surgery. The dry skin, hair loss, and other problems are a result of both poorly absorbed nutrients over a period of time prior to surgery, and the anesthesia (dry skin). Dehydration can be a temporary condition but most rebound quite well. Most of the time I drink one cup of coffee per day and one glass of water. That's all I need. My fluid intake increases substantially when I am exercising heavily. That isn't due to my surgery, I was that way previously.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free