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As long as the studs are still tightly fastened to the lens body, I'd say you should leave them alone. The tripod mount ring has a small red dot on its front edge that you align with the lens mount index red dot, and then the ring slides over the studs. At least, that's how I understand your situation. It seems a bit less clear what's going on when I read it the second time...
The studs on the body are fine, it is the collar itself where I think opened it more than intended leaving the nut uncoupled from the bolt inside the tripod collar. There are screws allow for this to be fixed which I ended up stripping by using a phillips. Anyhow , the collar is at local shop and should be getting fixed tomorrow.