Dr. John Ernst, MD

Dr. John Ernst, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 67
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. John Ernst, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Charleston, SC. He is 67 years old and has been practicing for 38 years.

2093 Henry Tecklenburg Dr Ste 200E

Charleston, SC 29414

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Ganglion Cyst
very high
more than 99% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry
    Medical School | Graduated 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ernst's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ernst to family and friends
based on 52 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Ernst's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
in St Stephen, SC |
Dr. Ernst is an excellant hand and arm surgeon. Both my husband and I have been patients of his for aboyr 14 years, from carpel tunnel to broken fingers. Excellant bedside manner, very knowledgable in his field.
Charleston, SC |
Excellent hand and arm care. I'd never consider going to another physician.
Hi, thank you so much for the positive review and taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!
Charlotte, NC |
Excellent Dr and staff
in Mount Pleasant, SC |
I would most certainly recommend Dr. Ernst. His explanations are clear and concise. He listens attentively and provides all answers to my questions. He never rushes, you seem to be his main concern. I have total trust in Dr. Ernst as my healing occurred exactly as how it said it would.
in Edisto island sc |
EXcellent Very short wait time, if any
in Moncks Corner, SC |
Dr Ernst has resolved multiple relatively minor hand issues. Some by surgery, others by injection. He has consistently demonstrated professionalism, knowledge, and compassion. Occasionally, he is terse and abrupt when his directions are not followed; however, the results are so worthwhile, I'd rather pay attention to his directives. His dry humor enhances each visit. There is no one I'd rather have deal with my hand/arm/shoulder issues. He came highly recommended and I've not been disappointed.
in Charleston, SC |
Dr Ernst shows excellence and expertize in his job as Dr and surgeon. I felt comfortable in his care. His assistant also has a "patient is the priority "attitude. Dr Ernst did a perfect job in performing my surgery.
in Mount Pleasant, SC |
Dr. Ernst was thorough in his treatment of arthritic pain in my fingers. He prescribed every non-invasive treatment, resulting in no improvement, until he performed a fusion in my RH index finger which fused the first two joints. After one month, I am experiencing no pain, and enjoying improved quality of living without pain relief medication.
in Hanahan, SC |
Excellent doctor with a great sense of humor. Great staff too!
in Charleston, SC |
I have been a patient of Dr. Ernst for 19 years. I have had several hand surgeries performed by Dr. Ernst and have had great results. He is a true professional.
DR. Ernst Did Surgery on my Left and Right hand what a wonderful experience I had. I had pain so bad in my left and right hand for last five years got so bad could not sleep at night. Also could not do my job . But! Thank god I found the right doctor. As soon as he did my surgeries on my hands I felt relieve from pain instant. I would Highly recommend him . Mary Lipker
in Hollywood, SC |
Dr. Ernst in my estimation is extremely proficient and very knowledgeable about my problem. He very recently performed surgery on my left hand. He was very patient about informing me how he would perform the procedure and was very considerate about my concerns. My healing has been exceptional and I now experience no unusual pain. I will enthusiastically reccommend him to anyone.
in Meggett, SC |
Excellent. Dr. Ernst surgically repaired my wrist after an industrial accident. I initially was with another orthopedic surgeon and had disappointing results. It has now been 6 months since Dr. Ernst performed surgery and I have had an excellent recovery. Thank you Dr. Ernst!
in Charleston, SC |
Excellent Doctor. I had a hand problem and he gave me back the use of it., Knowledgeable and a very good personality.
Dr. Ernst and the staff at OSC were excellent. I saw him in both the West Ashley and North Charleston. I believe his diligence and perfectionism prevented me from needing surgery to repair a spiral fracture.
in Charleston, SC |
I received the best possible care from Dr. Ernst and his staff. I had surgery to repair a serious wrist fracture in November. Dr. Ernst did an excellent job and have had a great result, I highly recommend Dr. Ernst!
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Dr. Ernst accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Ernst has admitting privileges

Roper Hospital
316 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
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Roper St. Francis Healthcare - Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
2095 Henry Tecklenburg Dr
Charleston, SC 29414
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