Exercise caution with extraction
If you are pondering the extraction of your precious metals, just be very cautious afterwards. After removal of a fibia plate that resided for a little over a year (which by the way was recommended to be taken out by the doctor who said it would only be 75%-80% as long as the plate was in) and a good 6 week recovery period, it snapped again the first time I put some real pressure on it.
Not saying this will happen to you, just be extra careful and maybe allow some extra time recovery time. It was very disheartening after such a long initial recovery, followed by another 6 weeks, THEN another 2 months. Not to mention the timid factor that plauged me for quite a while.
Good luck and good healing to everyone.
Living on a GS down by the river...