VATS or Thoracotomy for 2 lobes at same time in INTRODUCE YOURSELF! Posted August 5, 2020 I had an upper left lobe (70%) removed by vats in 2007. Four days after I was discharged from hospital and took a 11/2 hour flight home. I even made it more difficult by putting my pain meds in the checked in baggage! The 2 separate lobes may be why they are not saying vats.