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Surgery waste


The waste from operations

In 2021 Maria will be in a completely different form of working. She was told in 2019 that she had breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. More than a year later, she underwent breast reconstruction, a 10-hour operation.


She had asked the surgeon if she could have her waste from this operation and together with her daughter made the video from this waste: “This is the waste from one operation, …… my operation “

The video went viral and caused a stir in the healthcare sector. I

My operation

Mother and daughter made this film

The Groningen artist Maria Koijck and her daughter Eva Glasbeek won a prize in Milan with a film about all the waste that was left after her breast cancer operation.

They received the Guiltless plastic Prize in the Italian city from artist Rosanna Orlandi. The prize was awarded as part of the annual design week in Milan. Some 8,000 entries from 55 countries competed for victory in three categories. Koijck and Glasbeek took part in the Emotion and Communication category.

Look at me

If you have cataracts, you can get a new lens, so you can see clearly again. This is a relatively small but very ingenious procedure, which almost everyone who is allowed to grow older has to deal with.


The waste shown here is from 40 cataract operations. In addition to other eye operations, that is the average weekly number of the OMC Hanzekliniek in Groningen. Almost everything that is used during this procedure is disposable, each time 2 surgical gowns are used, 3 blankets, 2 fiber mats, 3 hats and much, much more used. Just in Holland an average of 4000 new lenses are placed... every week. That is 100 times as much waste per week as on this video!


The video is made by filmmaker Eva Glasbeek and the beautiful music by Lucas Raimbault.

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