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(Memphis) New technology is now available in Memphis that could help those troubled with bad knees.

“I noticed when I go to my class at the YMCA, and it’s getting worse and worse,” said 84-year-old Pat Klosky about her right knee.

It has been bothering her for the last 45 years, “My children say, 'don't do anything unless you're desperate', but I think I'm desperate now.”

Klosky brought her husband to the demonstration of St. Francis Hospital's newest team member; the Mako robot.

The million-dollar piece of technology gives doctors a more precise operation when replacing knees where joints have been worn away.

Hospital CEO, David Archer, said the robot specifically helps in the "alignment" of a new knee, critical to its success, “It should reduce that failure rate and improve the longevity of those knee replacements.”

Archer says the robot will largely benefit those looking for a partial knee replacement, who don't need a full replacement.

He claims it will also cut down on a person's time in the hospital and in rehabilitation.

Hank Klosky says that sounds like a good fit for his wife, “She doesn't want a wheelchair so the only other alternative is to repair it.”

The robot will be used in procedures starting next week.