My mom is finally scheduled for a VATS surgery on December 1, after 7 weeks of weekly chemo and 25 daily radiations. The surgeon is planning to remove her right upper lobe along with some lymph nodes. She was diagnosed at staged 3A and last week, she had a madiastinoscopy to test her lymph nodes in her chest area and all tested negative. Can anybody tell me what to expect from the VATS surgery and how long would the recovery time be? How long would she be in the hospital and what kind of complications she might have? What about chest tubes?. I want to know how much time I need to take her work to move in with her because I don't live with her and I have to find some help with my 20 month old baby.