General Surgery

Our outstanding general surgical team performs nearly 900 outpatient, inpatient, and emergency surgical services a year, right here in Rochelle. We have general surgeons available, including Michael Monfils, M.D., Lawrence Prabhakar, M.D. And if a hospital stay is needed to help your recovery, our friendly nurses will encourage you along, and your family can visit you without the hassle of traveling to a larger city. That’s a definite bonus when you want loved ones nearby.

Leading the Way in Surgical Sterilization vertical grey line horizontal grey line

When it comes to surgery, having a great surgeon leading the team is important. But there are also other factors that help determine your surgery’s success: the people who clean, decontaminate, sterilize and prep the medical and surgical instruments for surgery!

Our hospital not only has an amazing surgical staff, but we also have one of the best surgical processing and support teams around. In fact, our Surgical Department earned a 100% score on a recent Joint Commission survey! We took that commitment even farther by forming a new chapter for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

Common Inpatient Surgeries Performed at RCH vertical grey line horizontal grey line
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Bowel Resection
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Ankle, Wrist & Foot Fractures
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  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Bunionectomy
  • Breast Biopsies
  • Thyroid & Liver Biopsies
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Colorectal
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Blepharoplasty (Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery)
  • Cataract Surgery

Welcome new cataract surgeon, Dr. Richard Miller, Ophthalmologist with Miller Eye Center! Dr. Miller is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist. Dr. Miller received his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and then served an Anterior Segment fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This extra training encompassed advanced cataract surgery techniques, corneal transplantation and disease, and glaucoma treatment. Dr. Miller is also the former Director of the Cataract and Corneal Transplant Division at the University of Chicago. He currently holds an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine.

How to Prepare for Surgery at RCH vertical grey line horizontal grey line
  • DO NOT eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery
  • Have someone available to drive you home
  • Follow instructions given for completion of lab work and x-rays
  • Have your History and Physical completed prior to surgery
  • Wear comfortable clothes and leave personal items at home
  • Follow instructions on what medications are allowed prior to surgery
  • Arrive 1- 2 hours before scheduled time and follow instructions on where to check in