Replacing Ambika LCD

So a few years back when building my Ambika I goofed on something and blew the LEDs that are used for backlighting the LCD. I looked at the LEDs under my microscope and they are definitely blown. The LCD otherwise works fine.

I am kind of in the mood to swap out the LCD for a white on black one. Any suggestions when removing the old LCD? should I try and clip/cut the pin header on the existing display? Has anyone tried this and what issues should I expect?

I replaced mine and pretty sure I just cut the header and cleaned the PCB.