Eclipse stemless shoulder prosthesis vs. Univers II shoulder prosthesis: a multicenter, prospective randomized controlled trial

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Nov;29(11):2200-2212. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.07.004. Epub 2020 Jul 21.


Background: Total shoulder arthroplasty is an accepted treatment for glenohumeral osteoarthritis. The Arthrex Eclipse shoulder prosthesis is a stemless, canal-sparing humeral prosthesis with bone ingrowth capacity on the trunnion, as well as through the fenestrated hollow screw, that provides both diaphyseal and metaphyseal load sharing and fixation.

Methods: Between 2013 and 2018, 16 sites in the United States enrolled 327 patients (Eclipse in 237 and Arthrex Univers II in 90). All patients had glenohumeral arthritis refractory to nonsurgical care. Strict exclusion criteria were applied to avoid confounding factors such as severe patient comorbidities, arthritis not consistent with osteoarthritis, and medical or prior surgical treatments that may have affected outcomes. Patients were randomized to the Eclipse or Univers II group via block randomization.

Results: In total, 149 Eclipse and 76 Univers II patients reached 2-year follow-up (139 Eclipse patients [93.3%] and 68 Univers II patients [89.5%] had complete data). The success rate using the Composite Clinical Success score was 95% in the Eclipse group vs. 89.7% in the Univers II group. No patient exhibited radiographic evidence of substantial humeral radiolucency, humeral migration, or subsidence at any point. Reoperations were performed in 7 patients (3.2%) in the Eclipse group and 3 (3.8%) in the Univers II group.

Conclusion: The Arthrex Eclipse shoulder prosthesis is a safe and effective humeral implant for patients with glenohumeral arthritis at 2-year follow-up, with no differences in outcomes compared with the Univers II shoulder prosthesis.

Keywords: Arthroplasty; Eclipse; Univers II; arthritis; complications; outcomes; shoulder; stemless.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Shoulder
  • Bone Screws*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*
  • Shoulder Prosthesis*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • Young Adult