I had pins removed some time ago and although it was sore there was no real problems. In a matter of days I was doing what I had done before. This is not to say your recovery would be as fast or subtle but you can all but keep your fingers crossed.
Also when i first went into hospital to have my leg and knee rebuilt there was a chap in having wire removed from his knee...it had been in for a couple of years and the growth around the wire caused them to dig considerably but he waited the obligitory 24 hrs and then drove his car home, (it was automatic).
My own pins had to be dug out but the result left me with alot less clicking and catching ligaments.
Hope this helps a little.
All the best