BACKGROUND: The excimer laser-assisted non-occlusive anastomosis (ELANA) technique facilitates the construction of anastomoses without temporary occlusion of the recipient artery. Experiments aimed at simplifying the technique eventually resulted in a sutureless ELANA slide (SEsl) anastomosis. After the first clinical use, new insights lead to the application of a clip at the back of the device, the SELANA clip (SEcl). The SEcl offers a distinct advantage over the SEsl since no sealant is necessary. In this study, we determine the feasibility of the SEcl anastomosis in an in vivo rabbit model.