I've got mine removed 15 month ago.
3 days in hospital, 1 of them because the operation was delayed.
Was quite painful for a week - one of the holes did not heal well.
Had to be careful with movements for another week. I mean - no exercises for surrounding area, no sharp turns, etc.
But was driving myself to work, even manage to write couple of lines of code :hehe:
Forgot about the adventure after a month.
I read a lot about diet suggestions, but did not really follow any.
Have not been punished for that.