Hi! I have been hospitalized four times with a partial bowel obstruction. When you go to the ER, they will run tests, like bloodwork and an x-ray, to see if you have a partial obstruction or a complete obstruction. With a partial obstruction they put the NG tube in your nose and down into your stomach. Ask for a numbing agent. They have an ointment that helps a lot. Also, get as small of a NG tube they will allow. I didn't know the tubes came in various sizes and I suffered the first time...actually my nose and throat ended up hurting more than the obstruction! I broke my nose years ago and have a deviated septum so they use a pediatric NG tube for me. The size is #12. It's much more comfortable.
Then, if you are in a lot of pain, which I usually am, they give me morphine through the IV to help with the pain and help me relax. I'm also given something for the nausea if I have nausea. Then they send me to my room and let me slelep. I'm only allowed ice chips and they request that I only take a chip if my mouth is extremely dry. The NG tube sucks the water out of your stomach anyway. I don't take advantage of the ice chips because I sure don't want them taken away from me! I'm usually much, much better within a day. They then take a cat scan of my abdomen.
When you are feeling better and not much is coming out of the NG tube, they remove the tube and then you will be given a clear liquid diet. If that's fine, you are advanced to a full liquid diet and finally real food. Then you are sent home.
How many days in the hospital, you ask? It depends. Ive been in as long as 8 days and as few as 3 1/2 days.
I go to a hospital that has a department that specializes in digestive diseases so I'm sure this is the right treatment.
As far as putting anything in the stoma, that is a "no no" for you. But, I have had my surgeon stick his finger in the stoma. They will do that to see if they can feel anything blocking it. I imagine that if they felt something there, they might try to irrigate it to get it to come out. This is only a guess, because that's never happened to me. Hope this helps you.