Your twins’ treatment plan may or may not include surgery to separate them.
Some conjoined twins live for days, weeks, months or years – even into adulthood – still physically connected to each other. For conjoined twins, being connected to their sibling is “normal.” Some conjoined twins have happy, healthy, full lives by staying connected. For some twins, separation surgery is too difficult, so staying connected is the only real option.
Some conjoined twins do have surgery to be separated, usually in the first 12 months of life. This may be the best option for the physical health of the children, while also giving them the chance to have independent bodies and lives.
Separation surgery is sometimes the best option because the twins’ shared organs cannot support both of them. Or it may be the best option because 1 twin is unlikely to survive and separation is the only way to give the other twin a chance to live.
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.