Usually, there's a problem with clotting. However, since he smokes and is diabetic, his circulation is probably poor. Having diabetes and ESLD is not a good combination. The smoking also weakens his immune system.
I had 2 hernia repairs, but they were incisional hernias from the surgery to remove the cancerous right lobe of my liver. When they did the lobectomy, they also removed my gall bladder which is on the underside of the rt. lobe of the liver.
By the way, it's gall bladder. There's a medical word list at the top of the page.