To best determine your hydration status, look at the color of your urine. If you are well hydrated your urine with be a pale to light yellow color that looks like lemonade. If you are dehydrated your urine will be a darker, yellow/brown color that looks like apple juice. Your urine may also have a stronger smell if you are dehydrated. Certain foods, medications and vitamins (especially B vitamins) may change the color of your urine.
It is important to keep yourself well hydrated after surgery to prevent electrolyte imbalances that can lead to nausea.