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The purpose of the present study is to quantify the degree of modulation, if any, in the perioperative inflammatory response associated with statins use. Specifically, we hypothesize that:
In a population of patients undergoing elective orthopedic spine surgery, administration of a specific statin (Simvastatin, Zocor®, Merck Pharmaceuticals), will be associated with a decrease in perioperative inflammatory markers when compared to patients not taking statins
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