I'm still working on my A+ but I've seen a few dropped laptops. In some, the connector might be attached to a separate circuit board, but in most cases it'll be soldered directly to the motherboard. Anything that will damage the connector will probably damage the motherboard as well, but there's no way to tell but by opening the case.
I personally consider laptop computers to be disposable items. Buy a cheap one, and if it breaks, replace it. That's not to say I haven't had a lot of fun making impact-damaged laptops work again, but I tend to employ used parts scavenged from the junk bin, and the results sometimes have a certain "Frankenstein" appearance.