Past treatment solutions for chronic sinusitis often involved invasive surgery to open sinuses. Today, however, a minimally-invasive, in-office treatment alternative exists that is safe and effective with no need for cutting and removing sinus bone or tissue, uncomfortable gauze packing procedures or embarrassing bruising. The procedure takes only about an hour and recovery is impressively speedy. Safe and effective, this proven alternative to sinus surgery is called balloon sinuplasty.