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Background: To evaluate the effects of different sham feeding methods on postoperative ileus after low anterior resection and diverting ileostomy for rectal cancer.Methods: 72 patients who underwent low anterior resection with a diverting ileostomy were randomized into 4 groups as: control (n = 16), ice cream (n = 18), gum (n = 17) and nicotine gum (n = 17). Four patients were excluded due to a lack of data. Patients' demographics, constipation scores, neoadjuvant treatment, amount ofdoi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-41627/v1 fatcat:tp6hvmstyfe3vixeu6oaxt3haq