Same-day Ear Tube Procedure Program Referrals

Lurie Children’s Same-day Ear Tube Procedure Program allows patients to be evaluated by one of our otolaryngology specialists and have their procedure done all in one day. We are one of a few pediatric hospitals in the U.S. that offers same-day appointments for minor surgical procedures.

Same-day procedures for ear tubes will be available at the main hospital as well as at the Westchester Outpatient Center.

Learn more about the program in the video below.

Criteria for Same-day Ear Tubes Patients

Patients referred to the Same-day Ear Tube Procedure Program should meet the following criteria:

  • Be 9 months to 12 years of age with chronic ear infections
  • Have had more than 3 ear infections in 6 months
  • Have had more than 4 ear infections in 12 months
  • Have had middle ear effusion lasting 3 months or longer
  • Not have previously been referred to Lurie Children’s for ENT concerns (first-time patients only)

Please note, not all patients may be good candidates for this procedure.

Make an Appointment for Your Patient

To refer a patient, physicians must complete the two forms below.

Please fax completed intake forms and History and Physical forms to the Division of Otolaryngology-Same-day Procedure Program at 312.227.9414.

For questions about your referral, please contact the Division of Otolaryngology directly at 312.227.6230.

Make an Appointment for Your Patient

To refer a patient, physicians must complete the two forms below.

Please fax completed intake forms and History and Physical forms to the Division of Otolaryngology-Same-day Procedure Program at 312.227.9414.

For questions about your referral, please contact the Division of Otolaryngology directly at 312.227.6230.


​A Parent Testimonial

"Both of my sons suffered from chronic ear infections from a very early age. In addition to being in constant pain, it negatively impacted their sleeping as well as their hearing. Their pediatrician referred the boys to Lurie Children's as candidates for ear tubes. We took advantage of the Same Day Ear Tubes Program with my youngest son allowing for the evaluation and procedure to occur on the same day rather than over multiple visits. While my wife and I were apprehensive about putting our one-year-old sons under general anesthesia, the staff at Lurie Children's did an excellent job of walking us through all that was to occur and making sure we were comfortable with everything. Being able to get everything done with in one day was great. We were out of the hospital before nap time. After the procedures both boys slept much better, had consistently better moods and were pain free."

- Jesse Sherr, patients' father