Whether to do surgery to separate your twins depends on their chance of survival and quality of life for each baby.
Sometimes separation surgery is not possible for a variety of reasons, so staying connected is the only real option. Some conjoined twins have happy, healthy, full lives by staying connected.
Surgery may be the best option:
- For the physical health of both children, while also giving them the chance to have independent bodies and lives
- Because 1 twin cannot survive because of a severe birth defect and separation is the only way to give the other twin a chance to live
Usually, twins have separation surgery in the first 3 months to 12 months of life. The success of the separation surgery depends on many factors, mainly where the twins are connected and which structures they share.
Your healthcare team will speak with you about what your twins’ lives may be like whether they are joined or separated. They will help you consider which option is best for your twins.